Have you seen my growing collection of hands-on printables to help your beginning reader master the short vowel word families? Today I’m sharing my next set of Read ‘n Stick mats — 6 free short o activities.
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I’ve created these learning mats to help my preschooler learn to sound out simple words. He loves our collection and is always ready to read a few!
Not only have they helped him get more automatic at sounding out simple words, but they’ve also built his vocabulary and helped him master beginning blends (fl, st, cr, etc.) and digraphs (sh, th, ch, wh).
How to assemble and use Read ‘n Stick Mats:
1) Print and laminate each mat on sturdy cardstock. I love this affordable home laminator and laminating sheets! Then print and laminate each set of cards. Cut them apart and stick velcro dots to the pictures and backs of the cards.
2) You can certainly print the mats and cards on plain paper, and have your child match them. However, for a more durable and lasting activity, I recommend #1. A bonus of the velcro dots is that you can store the mats without the cards getting lost — just stick them on!
3) My mats were constantly getting misplaced until I punched holes in them and stored them in a 3-ring binder.
4) Take off all the cards. Have your child read the name of the family in the center of the board. Then have him read each card and match it to the picture. You will be teaching new vocabulary along the way when he gets stuck on a particular word (“What’s a cog?”).
5) After a few times of doing this with you, this is something your child might be able to do himself. You can pull out the binder for a reading warm-up before trying some early reading books — or if you’re not there yet, do a few Read ‘ Stick mats after you read books together. You could even put the binder in a bag and bring it along to the waiting room.
Short o activities
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