25+ Fun Phonics Plays for Beginning Readers

25+ Fun Phonics Plays for Beginning Readers: Engaging, Reproducible Plays That Target and Teach Key Phonics Skills—and Get Kids Eager to Read! by Pamela Chanko  (Grades K-2)

Being a beginning reader is an exciting time in children’s lives. The mysteries of the printed word are just beginning to reveal themselves, and children are getting a taste of the independence they crave: the ability to say, “I can read it all by myself.” This stage of children’s development is also a crucial one for teachers, because it is often at this time that a child’s attitude towards reading begins to set.

As early readers encounter a larger variety of words in the materials they use, their excitement about reading may be tempered with frustration. The picture clues, familiar sight words, and predictable text patterns that children once relied on are often replaced with more sophisticated text, making reading a greater challenge for them. So, will children come to view reading as a daunting chore or an exhilarating adventure?

Research has shown that direct phonics instruction is an essential component in teaching literacy. As children encounter increasingly more difficult text, they must go beyond using context clues to figure out unfamiliar words and rely more on their ability to decode, or “sound out,” the words. Building decoding skills requires readers to know common sound-spelling relationships—in other words, phonics.

Given solid phonics instruction, children can develop the skills needed to sound out a large percentage of the words they encounter in their reading. With practice, their ability to recognize those words becomes better—and faster. The outcome? Increased comprehension. The less time children need to focus on decoding words, the more mental energy they can apply to the meaning of the text.

Repeated practice with common sound-spelling relationships helps children develop automaticity in word recognition so that they become more fluent readers, which in turn contributes to minimizing their frustration and maximizing their enjoyment of reading.

On the following pages, you’ll find suggestions on how to make the most of children’s play-reading experiences, in addition to hands-on phonics activities and games to reinforce the skills they’re learning. So if you thought the words “fun” and “phonics” made an odd pair, think again: with 25 Fun Phonics Plays for Beginning Readers, they go together like letters and sounds!

Language: English
Format: ebook PDF
Pages: 67
Size: 10.6 mb