The moveable alphabet is a large box that has 26 compartments, one for each letter, the vowels are blue and the consonants are red. The activity that the children do with the moveable alphabet prepares them for reading, writing and spelling.
The lessons can be done with 1 to 4 children who are all at the same stage of understanding letters.
Firstly place the box on a mat, you open the lid of the box of letters and place the lid under the box and let your child or children look at all the letters for a moment. You can then start to ask them to find certain letters by asking them to find “a” (phonetic sound), and ask them to place it on the mat. Ask them to find “c” (phonetic sound) and place it on the mat. When the children or child have finished finding letters, they place them back into their proper compartment. This is helping them to see were the letters are and reinforcing the sound of the letters and what the look like.
The next step that they are going to do is forming or making words. The materials are set out as before. First we start with words that have three phonetic letters. You can say to your child for example, “ Lets, make the word “cat.” “What sounds can you hear when I say, “cat”. The children or child will say a sound they hear but maybe not in the correct order, it maybe “t” You place them in the correct order as they say them. You then say, “what else can you hear,” they will then say another sound they can hear until they have spelt out the whole word. You then read the word back saying each letter phonetically, then saying the whole word. You can then go onto making some more three letter phonetic words.
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- Rebecca Grugan