Hands-On Phonics Learning Centers
by Cathie Perolman

These exciting new phonics programs guide beginning readers slowly and sequentially through manipulative activites following a phonetic sequence. Activities include both decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling). Students work through the activities at their own pace, working and then recording their work in their own recording booklet. Some teacher interaction will be needed by students. Lamination is recommended.

The Short Vowel Program consists of 36 activities focusing on beginning and ending consonants and the five short vowels. Activities include spelling words with a movable alphabet, matching word cards to miniature objects, matching words to picture cards, labeling nine pictures on a large card, reading one-word booklets, and reading word family cards.

Components include:
word and picture cards
30 miniature short vowel objects
movable alphabet
reproducible recording books
Teacher's Manual

The Magic E Program uses 18 activites to encompass the five long vowel patterns using silent e. The Magic E activities include spelling words with movable letters, matching words to pictures or sentences, identifying magic e words in sentences, sorting words by vowel pattern, labeling pictures on a large card, reading one-word booklets, and reading word family cards.

Components include:
Word and picture cards
movable alphabet
reproducible recording books
Teacher's Manual

The Vowel Buddies Program uses 36 activites to encompass eleven long vowel sounds, including ai, ay, ee, ea, ie, _y, oa, oe, ow, ui, ue.. The Vowel Buddies activities are similar to those in the Magic E Program (picture above) and include spelling words with movable letters, matching words to pictures or sentences, identifying vowel buddies words in sentences, sorting words by vowel pattern, labeling pictures on a large card, reading one-word booklets, reading word family cards, and reading riddles.

The activities can be housed in plastic drawer units, small cardboard game boxes, or any container of your choice. Our cardboard boxes are approximately 6 x 4 x 2 inches. The short vowel program and the vowel buddies program will need 36 game boxes, and the magic e program will need 18 drawers or game boxes.

 

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