4 Fantastic Fun Ways to Practice Segmenting cvc Words

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There are 4 fantastic fun ways to practice segmenting cvc words that include movement to help send the words to long term memory. Segmenting is the earliest predictor in future reading success. It is one of the most important things kiddos can do to help them develop as readers. BUT we all know that there is never enough time to fit everything into a regular day so incorporate gross motor skills with the academic skills! Grab FREE fine and gross motor ideas HERE


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So what can you do to help beginning readers segment cvc words?

I make sure that I do at least one of these activities a day, each day to develop this important skill. At the beginning of the year, we only work on the sounds. We will add the letters as we know them. 1/2 way through the year, they can write the letters to stand for the sounds.

1. Hopping

Create 3-4 boxes on the floor with masking tape. Give kiddos a word, they will hop in the first box and say the sound of just the first letter, hop the second box and say the sound of the second letter, continue until all the letters are completed.
    • Hint-The other students can write the letters that stand for the sounds so everyone does something.

2. Touch Parts of the Body

  • Starting with head as the first sound, waist for the second sound and toes for the last sound. 
  • If they are more advanced and able to do 4 sounds- use head, shoulders, waist, and toes.

3.  Use BINGO dabbers

Mark sound boxes with bingo dabbers then write the letters. Grab Segmenting Resources. Using dabbers helps kiddos visually see as they say the sounds.


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4. High Knee Touches

Put your hands in the air and have them touch their hand to the opposite knee for each sound. This is an amazing activity because you are crossing the midline. It makes the hemispheres of the brain work together.

Remember don’t add letters until you are ready to work on phonics.


Segment every single day in a fun way to build phonemic awareness skills. What we do each day depends on the amount of time we have. If I need a “filler” I do an easy quick activity!


For beginning readers, they don’t really understand how the sounds are broken apart inside of words. So practice, practice, practice. 

If you want the Owl cvc Word Cards- Grab them 👉Here Owl cvc Words Segmenting

Hope this helps you Teach Magically,



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