On the Shelves Snapshot: Learning Initial Sounds

Word Spinners - Simple Reading Activities from An Everyday StoryA really simple activity for this week’s snapshot. This one is for Sarah (4.5 yrs) to practise her initial sounds. These are called word spinners (or spinny spellers). Every spin creates a new consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) word. I bought ours here from Quality Montessori – I see they’ve added a ‘silent e’ set too which looks great.

In the bucket, I’ve also added a lined piece of card and a pencil to encourage some writing.

When you’re creating activities, they really don’t have to be complicated. Something simple and quick like this one is still engaging. Sarah can work with it independently; I don’t make her read the words to me (although she often will), she practises some words and places it back on the shelf. Easy.

If you’re thinking about making a set, here’s a tutorial I found. I would really recommend though, making five spinners; one for each vowel. That way you can focus on one vowel sound at a time and organise your consonants so that each combination makes a word.

And if you’re not handy with a drill, there are these ones from nuts & bolts which look pretty simple to make.

Hope you all had a great weekend 🙂

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4 comments on “On the Shelves Snapshot: Learning Initial Sounds”

  1. Julie

    I am really loving these snapshot posts, Kate! This one is so simple too but like you said, still engaging. Thank you for including the links too for the tutorials.

    I am really starting to look forward to Sunday’s post – well I look forward to all of them – but I really love getting a quick dose of inspiration for our week ahead. Whenever I see something, I dash to our supplies to see how I could put something similar together.

    Thank you so much for continuing to inspire us all.

  2. Sara @ Happiness is here

    I’ve been eyeing these off for a while! They look so nice. I think I might have missed the boat and left it too long now though. Not sure they would get used for long with Miss 4 who seems to be powering ahead with reading atm. Maybe for the next two!

  3. Heather

    Thank you so much for your wonderful ideas. Will be following with interest.

  4. katelovelife

    They look great. Something like that might be useful also for some adults learning new sounds in second language

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