On Tuesday I shared our Electrical Tape and Block City. It was used specifically for pretend play. Today, I’m sharing a spelling game that can be played using that same roadway, and how I have adapted it for younger siblings.
Begin by preparing a list of simple words for your child to spell. William is four, so I stuck to basic cvc words: cat, fox, dip, rug, and pet. Use letter manipulatives to place all the letters needed for the five words throughout the electrical tape roadway in random order. Give your child a truck for hauling. Invite him to find the letters needed to spell on of the words on your list. My dialogue with William sounded like this.Me: Find the letters to spell cat. What sounds do you hear in cat? William: /c/ /a/ /t/ Me: Good. What is the first sound in cat? William: /c/ Me: Yes, so what letter do you need to find and collect? William: c!
Once William identified the letter sound, he collected the corresponding letter from the roadway in a car transported truck (Mac, from the movie Cars). I encouraged him to stay in the lines of the road we’d made, just to work on his motor skills.
We repeated this procedure with each sound in every word. Once all the letters for the word were collected, William had to arrange them and spell the word. I asked him to identify each letter, then read by individual sounds before reading the word fluently.
Now, Corinne was a bit unimpressed that she did not get to participate as William had, so I had think adapt this game so Corinne could also play with us. I tweaked this game by giving Corinne a word, say fox. Our dialogue sounded like this:Me: Corinne, say “fox.” Corinne: Fox. Me: I hear /f/ at the beginning of fox. Say /f/. Corinne: /f/ Me: Good. Letter F makes the /f/ sound. Can you find letter F?
We repeated the same dialogue with each letter and sound in the word fox. After each time, Corinne was then released to find the letters f, o, or x. She collected the letters and gave them to William, who then had to arrange them in the correct spelling order.
I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction