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For children to understand what they read, they must be able to read words rapidly and accurately. Rapid and accurate word reading frees children to focus their attention on the meaning of what they read but it doesn’t happen without practice so we use cute no prep snowmen to practice this difficult skill. We had so much fun segmenting snowmen that showed us pictures on their bellies with special snowball Elkonin Boxes! We used snowballs (cotton balls) to segment and search for sounds.
Say the first sound as you move a cotton ball onto the first snowman.
Say the second sound and move the snowball.
Say the last sound and move the final snowball!
Then we went back and wrote the letters that stand for the sounds!
We practiced reading the sounds and saying the word! Then use successive blending to read the words.
Each page had a specific short vowel sound! Next, we will work on mixed vowels to help us solidly understand all the parts of a word!
Here is the resource
Other products to help segment and successive blending!
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