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  • Elkonin boxes - work with CVC words to identify consonants and medial vowels, and learn to sound out words! Includes picture cards and movable alphabet, plus some bonus activities.

    Blank Board Games - customize these games to any content you need to teach! These file folder games are perfect for preschool and elementary schoolers. Includes editable playing cards in JPEG and PDF format.

    Rhyming Games - learning to hear rhymes and manipulate words is a cornerstone skill for early literacy. This 10-part set includes posters, bookmarks, worksheets, various games, and a file folder game with accompanying rhyming dictionary.

    Reading Practice Sentences - do you have students who are struggling with sight word acquisition? Have them spend some time with these file folder games and those sight words will be mastered in no time. 3 different groups available.

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We used a book called Spell to Write and Read, by Wanda Sanseri, and she teaches that to distinguish between the "ai" versus "ay" spellings you use the rule that only "ay" can be used at the end of a word. We practiced saying "ay" is the 2-letter /A/ that we may use at the end of the word. And "ai" is the 2-letter /A/ that we may not use at the end of the word. That rule applies to "ei" and "ey" too. English words do not end in I, U, V or J. At the end of English words, Y stands in for I.

Oh, and just to make things fun, don't forget "eigh" which also makes /A/. We called it the 4-letter /A/. :)

Jen Strange

thanks, Shannon!!!

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