Sound Boxes

Oct 11, 2009 by

I have found this technique to be extremely effective with my young spellers who have not developed full phonemic awareness.  It helps them train their ears to hear each part of a word and eventually be able to represent each sound with a written letter.  View a slide show demo of sound boxes. Draw a rectangle with three boxes. Say a familiar word composed of three sounds such as cat, sun, dog, pan. It is helpful to show children pictures of these objects. (I cut short vowel pictures from an old phonics workbook and laminated them). The child says the word, stretching out the sounds. The child pushes a chip into each box as he says the sound. It is important to note that the boxes represent sounds (phonemes) not letters. The words cake...

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