Before any child can learn to read, they MUST know all letter names, all consonant sounds, short & long vowel sounds, complex vowel sounds (such as the digraphs - ai, ee, oa, etc) and r-controlled vowels (ar, er, ir, ur, or). When your student(s) has achieved this, their ability to learn new words will acclerate dramatically.
Our Phonics Desk section contains materials that will teach the 100 most common nouns using an ingenious step-by-step technique that opens the door for maximum progress. We also include activities that teach essential skills including positioning words (above, below, right, left, etc), colors, shapes (square, rectangle, triangle, circle) and activities for learning numbers 1-20.
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Wanna see some magic? An absolutely amazing technique that enables students to learn letter names faster than you thought possible. Here you will teach two letter names on the worksheet and discuss their visual differences. Students then say the row of 7 letters. If a mistake is made, the teacher discusses the error and the student starts again. The back and forth strategy of saying only two letter names results in a tremendous improvement in how fast the letter names can be learned.
Nearly all students can keep the names of two letters in their short-term memory during the exercise. You'll see how this ability can be used to our advantage to lock information into the long-term "permanent" memory. We call this back and forth between two pieces of information Ping-Pong. Whatever you call it, it is an immensely powerful tool for accelerating the rate at which young (or non-English speaking) students can permanently memorize (learn) the alphabet letters. The increased repetition of only small amounts of information makes the magic happen by stimulating brain areas involved in long-term memory retention. The picture above shows our three line Ping-Pong activity. We also have a one line Ping-Pong activity that contains 30 letters and reviews previous letters as well (a little more challenging).
Sometimes a student just can't remember a specific letter or word no matter how much we try. This is where our PingPong program comes to the rescue! It is the same back and forth strategy as our Alphabet Letter Memorizing pre-printed pages, however, the PingPong allows you to type in specific letters or words and Presto! - they automatically appear in random order on a page. You can then practice immediately or PRINT for later practice.
The PingPong input page allows you to choose column or row format - font type - font size and spacing. Tape to the top of your student's desk as a powerful learning tool or give copies to parents for additional help at home.
The main focus here is to teach only one letter name and then practice writing the letter. Success without frustration is guaranteed because of the design layout. Here, you ask students to find the selected letter by using a crayon to "color" the letter. We provide a slight challenge which keeps things interesting as students must "find" the letter from a group of previously taught letters. The activity also teaches colors, writing the letter correctly - and an important Pre-K or Kindergarten skill.
After coloring the specific letter on the worksheet, students are then asked to count the number of letters they colored and then write the letter in the space at the bottom of the page (a dot is shown on each letter to show proper starting point). As you can see - no frustration here, just rapid non-stressful learning with a small challenge to keep things interesting.
Teaches letter name, sound and phonemic awareness in one activity. The key to this activity's success is the entire page concentrates on only one letter. This gives the repetition needed for successful memorization of the letter name and sound while eliminating distractions from "too-much" information. It should initially be done as a teacher-guided activity but can later be done by the student alone as a review or homework.
The teacher begins by saying the picture name slowly - then asking - "Do you hear the "buh" sound at the beginning or end of the word?" - again saying the picture name slowly. If the sound is heard at the beginning of the word, students circle the "left" letter. If the sound is heard at the end of the word - they circle the right letter. This strongly reinforces the phonemic awareness skill of beginning and ending sounds. Students then take this information to simply find the correct word that contains the beginning or ending letter they just chose and writes the word in the space provided. Easy as pie! Once the teacher believes students have a grasp of the concept, students should then try the activity on their own without the teacher.
Each activity teaches a letter name, a simple phonemic awareness activity and many different essential pre-reading skills. Provides an absolutely wonderful classroom activity that teaches and reviews so many important skills. We call this our PowerHouse activity because there is so much information covered - nothing boring here! We have one for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet. Powerhouse should always be done as a teacher-guided activity.
Before passing out the worksheet, place a pile of many different colored crayons in the middle of the table making sure there are ample crayons for the color that is needed in the activity. Since you are asking questions - there is the "fun" of finding the correct answer as you slowly progress through the activity.
An excellent phonemic awareness activity in which students pick the first, middle and final sound in each word. Note how only two choices are given for each sound - This provides a "clue" that stimulates their recognition memory which greatly increases likelihood of correct answers. Five difficulty levels of the same activity are provided, each with the same 20 words, but becomes progressively more difficult as some columns do not give clues.
Students circle the letter for the beginning sound - then the middle sound - and the letter for the final sound. Available in many different vowel sound categories including short vowels - long vowels - digraphs (ai - ee - oa - etc) and r-controlled vowels (ar - er - ir - ur - or). The activities should be repeated often to insure mastery of letters, sounds and skills taught.. Also, our Mr. Ed Phonics Tutor is basically the same activity but is done on a computer or phone and includes talking cartoon characters to assist.
Some students simply take longer to learn essential pre-reading skills. If these students are pushed to higher reading levels without 100% mastery of critical pre-reading skills, their progress is slowed dramatically. To prevent this situation, we developed a sophisticated program that uses fun videos and intelligent interactivity to teach alphabet letter names, sounds and phonemic awareness skils. Just place your student on Mr. Ed and he'll do the rest!
Here's how it works... Mr. Ed uses 10 common three-letter nouns to teach essential letter names, phonics and phonemic awareness. He begins by explaining to your student what to do and asks the student to click on a letter in column 1. If the answer is correct, he and his friends give a "good-job" comment and move to the next letter. If incorrect, a cartoon video immediately begins playing that teaches the correct answer. This is known as immediate feedback and results in greatly accelerated learning. Because our cartoon characters correct and teach after every mistake - this makes for a powerful tutoring actiivity that will keep students involved for 20-30 minutes without needing any teacher assistance. Isn't that nice! Also included is a HELP button, so even before picking a letter, they can be told the sounds of the letters in that column, thereby, greatly increasing the likelihood of a correct choice. On top of this, there is also a database included with Mr. ED in our membership version. It records all correct and incorrect student responses (and time spent on the activity) to the Mr. Ed database. For example, you could have your students do this activity as a follow-up test and go to the database to see every correct and incorrect answer from your computer. Mr. Ed is also an excellent tool that can also be used with non-English speaking students as a powerful first step for learning essential beginning reading skills.