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This is Part 4 of my favorite literacy tools/manipulatives. There’s only one more to go! If you’re new to This Reading Mama, feel free to check out Part 1, 2, & 3.
Here are three more of my literacy favorites:
1. MAGNETIC LETTERS
Magnetic letters are cheap if you get them at the $1 store.
These two sets came from the dollar store and if I’m honest, they are not my favorite. I still use my $1 store magnetic letters, but I prefer the ones I spent a little more money on.
I don’t have them, but I would have preferred the color coded letters like these.
The ones I have are like these (except mine aren’t jumbo). I like them because the letters resemble the Zaner-Bloser print; otherwise known as the “ball and stick” kind of handwriting.
We use our magnetic letters mainly to build words; sight words or word family words.
Here are a few other GREAT ideas:
- Exploring with Magnetic Letters
- Check out the many ways Amy uses magnetic letters
- Michelle is the queen of magnetic letters; just check her out!
- Here are some out of the box ideas for using magnetic letters
2. POCKET CHART(s)
This is another literacy tool that I would DEFINITELY spend the money on. We use ours quite a bit. I’ve heard that Target sometimes carry them in their $1 or $2.50 bins; although I’ve never seen one in ours. Wal-Mart apparently carries them and would be cheaper than a teacher supply store. You can also look on Amazon and wait until you find one on sale.
There are a million gazillion different kinds of pocket charts. If you’re watching your wallet, buy one that is versatile versus buying one with only one specific purpose (like this one). The one I have has 10 pockets and could be used for literacy, math, or many other things.
Here are some thoughts and ideas on pocket charts:
- Table top pocket charts, like the one in this post–I don’t have this one.
- To display songs or poems (I use sentence strips to do this.) Here is a current poem I wrote for which we are using our pocket chart this week:
- Carisa has a section dedicated on her blog to pocket chart printables. We used the I Like Bugs one when we studied short u.
3. “NO MESS” WRITING PRODUCTS
These products all cost a little bit more money, BUT they are WONDERFUL ideas for birthday or Christmas presents! My kids LOVE them, including MBug. My favorite part about them is that they don’t make a mess (except for the water in the AquaDoodle but hey, it’s water.)
- AquaDoodle-we have the floor mat and the one for the car, there are even more varieties.
- MagnaDoodle-once again, comes in many different varieties
- Color Wonder & Color Wonder explosion (I secretly like this one the best!)
We draw and practice writing our letters or words on ours. These products give a fresh spin on writing. A true story: a friend of mine had a little girl in Kindergarten who did not like to write. They came over for a visit and I pulled out the GloDoodle and wrote her name on it and let her play with it for a little bit. She was enamored with the thing. Her mom got one for her and she started writing a whole lot more…on the GloDoodle. Hey, you gotta make it fun, right? For other ideas on getting your child to write, click here.
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