Blending words has never been so much fun and festive!
It has been a hot minute since I have put together a kid’s craft or activity. I knew I had to put something together for St. Patrick’s Day for my kindergartner and my RTI kiddos. Reading is such an important skill, and majority of the kids I see struggle in reading. This all starts with the ability to understand/remember letter sounds and being able to blend them together when reading a word. Of course their are also those tricky words aka sight words, but knowing how to blend sounds is HUGE. So enter in this Blending Words Bingo for St. Patrick’s Day. Not only is it festive, but it has been approved by my kindergartner.
There is so much learning that can be one in the classroom. The fundamentals are taught at school, but there has to be practice down outside the classroom aka at home. I see many students who are not getting that extra practice at home. This affects them in the classroom. You know that saying ‘Practice makes perfect’? This is more than true when learning how to read! You must practice to improve and truly conquer this major skill. Most kids are able to memorize the letters and their sounds. When it comes to blending and reading words is where they truly need all the practice.
The more they practice and understand how to blend, they will be able to master reading and grow a love for reading! One thing that I truly believe in is making learning fun. Who wants to sit for a long period of time looking at boring material to have to memorize? Not many. This is why making it fun and interesting is so important!
Blending and making it fun for all.
Alright, lets talk about letter sounds and blending. The best way to teach blending is by having your child point to each letter in the word and making its sound. They will repeat this with each letter in the word. Then they will point back to the first letter and blend them all together, dragging their finger across each letter as they sound them out to read the word. Seeing their faces once they blend and read the word is one of the best things!
They truly feel the accomplishment of being able to read. There is nothing else like it. This Blending Words Bingo for St. Patrick’s Day is a great way to practice blending words without all the stress. All you need to do is print it out and grab your place marker pieces. I got these clover confetti pieces from Hobby Lobby for under $3.
Print and get to making learning to read fun!
You can grab your printable Blending Words Bingo for St. Patrick’s Day here.
I hope you all get the most out of it as we are planning!