Word Wheels can be a big help.
When you’re teaching phonetic language to children sometimes it can feel like there is a big gap between work with the Moveable Alphabet and a child’s ability to ‘read’ short phonetic words. Some children are able to sound out each letter individually, but have a hard time putting the sounds together quickly enough to make it sound like a real word. Or, by the time they say the last phonetic sound they’ve forgotten what the first few sounds were! There is where Word Wheels can be a big help.
Word Wheels allow a child to focus on a single new beginning sound while the ending sounds remains the same for each word. You can show the child how the ending sounds are put together quickly and that they will remain the same for each word. As shown in the picture below, ‘ap’ becomes the ending sound for at least 1 Word Wheel in our collection. Instead of the child having to sound out a-p for each word, they simply know to sound out the first letter (in black – ‘r’) and add ‘ap’ on to the end of it. Then show them how to rotate the wheel to bring a new letter into the viewing box.
Our Word Wheels Set 1 is a collection of 15 wheels, each having a different ending sound and 8 words for each. The word wheels include a small picture to help visually remind the child of the ending sound. This allows for children to work independently, and will encourage successful repetitive use of the materials.