Science of Reading Alphabet Phonics Notebooks
Hey, y'all! As we gear up for the new school year, it's time to start thinking about our phonics instruction. Every year, I use some kind of interactive notebook in math or science. I've also used interactive poetry notebooks. This year, I'm putting all my alphabet and phonics work in one neat and clean notebook.
This alphabet phonics notebook has pages for personal anchor charts for every letter. As a class, we brainstorm words that start with each letter as we introduce them. Students can keep their own images of words that start with each letter in their notebooks for quick reference. This also helps with practicing spelling different words.
An activity we do every year is to practice finding letters using different fonts. The letters "a" and "g" in Times New Roman is always tricky. Font practice pages are now included in our alphabet phonics notebooks so we can keep all the practice together.
Of course, we also need to be able to write the letters correctly and identify pictures that start with each sound. Students can practice handwriting and identifying beginning letter sounds right in their notebooks.
It's not enough to just recognize the pictures that match the letter sounds in isolation. We also practice matching pictures to letters with mixed practice matching. Instead of simply finding all the pictures that start with the letter A, students also match multiple images to different letters. There are several mixed practice matching pages to choose from.
Once all sounds have been introduced and we start to build words, students can work on spelling words with short and long vowel sounds.
We also work on decoding words quickly with rapid word reading practice. The first time or two we use these charts, we read each word carefully, slowly, and deliberately. Students can practice these on their own during station time by reading the words in any direction. You can even use these decodable pages for assessment purposes.
Pyramid sentences are another great way to build on phonics and sight word skills in order to grow confident and capable readers. Students read one new word on each line until they have read an entire sentence fluently. All beginning readers can benefit from these, but especially your struggling readers.
My favorite part of all of this is that everything is contained in one place. Students can add to their notebooks and use them for whole group, small group, or independent practice at any time. Students who need extra practice can always review these skills whenever needed.
There is also no student cutting needed. With kinders, cutting can take a ton of time. While I use lots of fine motor activities in my classroom, including cutting out crafts and sorting activities, during phonics instruction time is of the essence. These notebook pages are easy for students to glue in and go.
You can find this alphabet phonics notebook here. I'm always adding new products to my Teachers Pay Teachers store so check back often for more awesome resources.
I hope you found just what you were looking for for your reading block. I hope you have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you again soon.