Use Wikki Stix to Teach Common Letter Combinations While Reading

Wikki Stix can be cut and used to underline letter combinations in books you read outloud to a child. Turn any book into a phonics lesson! Books with glossy pages work best. Wikki Stix may leave a little color or rip a little paper if pressed on too hard or left on too long. I suggest you don't use Wikki Stix on library books, but the benefits of this activity may be worth a little damage to your own books.
The next pictures show underlining of "ou" in different books. Introduce the underlined sound. Have a child repeat the  underlined sound. Separate the underlined sound when reading the word and have a child do the same with his or her own voice. Beginning readers will learn to identify common letter combinations, make the sounds for common letter combinations, and blend sounds from the beginning to the end of a word. A child will learn to decode words with some support from you and great books you would've read aloud anyway. 
(CL - OU - DY)

(M - OU - SE)

(SH - OU - T)
(OU - T)

There are many more letter to sound combinations a beginning reader can learn with this activity. Click here for a useful chart to find more. Try starting slow. Make it fun. Introduce only the most common combinations. More is not better. You want a child to build confidence and start to see combinations in words without an adult pointing them out. 



JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a great way work on sounds!

Stephanie said...

I LOVE this idea. My daughter hates it when I use my finger to point out something. This is a GREAT idea!!!

Michelle said...

Thanks Stephanie. My daughter sounds a little like your daughter. You may want to read a post I wrote about teaching my daughter to read.

I'd also like to thank JDaniel4's Mom. Your comments keep me motivated to post. The $0.39 from Amazon Associates isn't doing it.

It's fun to connect with other moms.

Nancy Jacobs Basketmaster said...

Visiting you from SITS. I think this is a great way to help interest kids with reading and teaching them to read.