As you saw in our last few "school days" posts, Me Too has been working on matching letters from his movable alphabet box to the sandpaper letters. We used our black movable alphabet with the single sandpaper letters. Today he used our red movable alphabet and matched letters to the phonograms.
(oops, I see someone absconded with an "i" before I snapped this photo.)
We did it this way to reinforce the idea that the two separate letters make a different sound when they work as a team. I also hope that it will lay some of the groundwork for when we use the two alphabets together in this way during future word study. When he is writing freely with the movable alphabet I leave it up to him whether he wants to use two colors or one. From my experience with Kal-El I will say that sometimes he used one color, sometimes he used two. Most days it seemed (and logically) that the two alphabets together was too cumbersome. Other days, it seemed as if the phenomenon of the two letters working as a team to make a different sound was specifically what he was interested in and then he would choose to use both alphabets. It will be interesting to see what Me Too chooses to do.
Yesterday Kal-El held up a book titled "Asia" to show Me Too. Me Too tried to sound out the title! He was spot on, "\ a \, \ s \, \ i \, \ a \". Poor unlucky little guy! I would just figure that the first word he ever tries to sound out would break the rules of simple phonics on EVERY SINGLE LETTER. So, Kal-El tells him that it's a "naughty word." He meant "disobedient word" which is what we call words that don't follow all of the rules. But, he also knows that "disobedient" means "naughty" and exchanged the words. Me Too only knows two "naughty" words that he could think of so he tried to guess the title of the book, "Is it 'stupid'?" (The other naughty word he knows is "hate".)
Kal-El wrapped up a series of word studies that focused on reviewing the different spellings for long-o. We ended with a Pictionary-esque game.
Tomorrow we will play the game again, except Kal-El will do the drawing and only he will be able to see the cards. Wish me luck!
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