Following my recent article about the Read It, Build It, Write It Chalkboard, I wanted to share some ideas for practising CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words if your child isn't ready for writing with a pencil or chalk.
Above we are using CVC puzzles. We started using these at three years with very simple words that my child was already familiar with.
There are lots of CVC puzzles available, we've even borrowed some from our local toy library. The CVC puzzles we like the most are the Big Box of Little Word Puzzles, these have photographic images and are really clear. All of the words we are practising are in the Montessori Pink Series, with the short 'a'. The puzzles only fit one way so there is a built-in control of error.
We have just started using the Spin-and-Read Phonetic Reading Blocks (here on Etsy), and we love them! Some children may be ready for using these at three, we started using them at 4 years. These are engaging and fun. Our set comes with a range of cards and spinners. I've only included a few short 'a' words here for my child to work with, but part of the fun for him is choosing the word he wants to make.
I know my child is connecting with the material when he repeatedly chooses it from the shelf and when he repeats the work more than once in one sitting. Our blocks are new and feel tight, so the child is also working his hand muscles by turning the blocks.
He is feeling a real sense of accomplishment when he checks his work!
I like how portable these are, they are easy to move around the house or travel with and we are not afraid of losing lots of little pieces.
I've just tested these out with my 4-year-old. These are CVC word pouches. The child chooses the pouch they want to work with. The cover of the pouch has an image of a CVC word object. Inside the pouch are the three small Movable Alphabet letters needed to make the word. The flap of the pouch is secured with a little piece of velcro so the Movable Alphabet letters are stored securely.
Our CVC pouches are handmade (similar on Etsy), we use them with a small Movable Alphabet.
If you are not familiar with the Movable Alphabet, the consonants are red and the vowels are blue.
We could also present this with a mat, which we will do in the future to set the child up nicely for future work with the movable alphabet.
If your child attends a Montessori school, I suggest speaking to your child's teacher before presenting any CVC work at home. We don't want to duplicate any work the child is doing at school, and your child's teacher could best advise on what you could present at home!
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