The boy uses these to sort beginning sounds. He pulls the object out of the box and places it below the glued letter inside the lid.
Materials Needed: Dollar Tree foam letters, Walmart $.94 pencil case, glue, paint pens, and a crapload of objects from Dollar tree, Michaels, Hobby Lobby and the like. I tried to do six per sound. Our book (100 Easy Lessons) does the phonics in this order
1. The “mesa” box. I say it MAY-suh, but it should be MEE-suh. Anyhoodle, it’s M, long E, S, and short A.
M: milk, monster, moose, makeup, monkey (ignore alligator, he belongs in the last row–quality control stinks here)
long E: equals, easel, evil, eagle, earrings
S: star, stapler, scissors, spoon, sea horse, school house, snake, sewing machine
A: ambulance, antelope, ant, astronaut, apple
2. The “dirt” box:
D: disk, dish, daisy, dragonfly, dressform (something is missing…..hmmm. Oh, it’s a dinosaur.)
short I: insect, infant, inchworm, igloo, iguana
R: rock, rhino, ray, record, rice, ring
T: turtle, takeout, tree, tiger, tractor, and a missing teapot (currently serving a fore mentioned dinosaur)
*The kids don’t usually use these for what they are intended, but retrieving them from the correct box and returning them to said box is kind of like sorting, right?
- The “CONTH”, which is now the CON box since I can’t find a darn thing in the word that uses the second sound of TH. This, that, them…not very object friendly.
C: cow, cactus, cat, crown, cookie, camel
short O: olive, ostrich, octopus (still working on this pile)
N: needle, necklace, nail, nickel, nuts, nail polish