Up until now, my students were simply using their crayons or highlighters to gumball up the word chunks during our phonics activities. But look at what I discovered at Oriental Trading!!!!
They work like a charm. The dot is the perfect size for printed text for primary grades!
Before reading the passage, students do a bit of word work by hunting for the spelling pattern. One dot and their pages are color coded with the current phonics rule we are focusing on. Then when it comes time to decode the text, their eyes are able to identify the word chunk immediately.
In the photo above, you can see how one of my students is highlighting the /ea/ phonics rule with one quick dab of the Washable Mini Dot Markers. The kids love using them, I love them because they come in a variety of colors...to match our color coded system! It's a win-win! Be still my teacher heart. I'm in love with them!!!
Look at these Arrow Finger Readers I discovered at Oriental Trading to motivate my struggling readers to slow down and decode each word:
My firsties were so excited to use these new tools. It's amazing how your tactile learners thrive when you give them a simple tool to manipulate. These Arrow Finger Readers were proven to motivate my young readers!
Using these simple yet effective manipulatives along with a little encouragement and reminders...
"Get your lips ready, kiddos and make that beginning sound...
Look for the word chunks...
Stretch out the word until it makes sense..."
young readers begin to utilize the strategies you have taught them. They know them by name! In fact we have "Reading Buddies" in our classroom that remind us of what to do when we come across a tricky word:
|You can find this set of 8 Reading Strategies Posters with "I can" Statements at my TpT store:Reading Strategy Goals with "I can" Statements Poster Set|
And there you have it. 4 Tips to Motivate Emergent Readers to
DECODE and not GUESS!
If you are interested in BOTH the Reading and Phonics Goal Posters Sets you can download both HERE as a bundled set:
Disclosure: The K Files & Oriental Trading partnered for the purpose of this post. I received free samples of Oriental Trading products, but all opinions are my own and 100% honest.