At momstown we’re always looks for ways to tuck a little literacy and learning into the day. Even the most basic of experiences, like looking for rocks at the beach, can be turned into ways to read.
One of our favourite TV shows is Super Why on Kids’ CBC– it’s both entertaining and has great reading lessons. The super characters read and spell out words during the show and it’s not unusual for my kids to be yelling the words and letters at the screen.
This summer, in the attempt to avoid the “summer slide” after kindergarten to keep up the precious reading skills my son acquired, I knew I had to get creative. He loves books but loves to be read to, no so much to read himself. I have to trick him into reading and Super Why always does the trick.
I decided to take a lesson from Super Why and work on the Spelling side of reading. And with a medium that he’s not used to using for reading: Rocks!
I made Andrew his own Super Alphabet Rocks or “Andrew’s Alphabet” from a bunch of rocks we collected from the beach during our summer vacation. Perfectly sized, each rock is a letter and is used to create words or sentences.
This is a super parent resource project that requires only 2 things – rocks and a permanent marker. I created this for my son as I thought the size of the rocks were too small for his new printing, but if you had a child comfortable with printing, they could make their own set.
Each rock has a capital letter on one side and its lower case equivalent on the back. We created a full alphabet with a few extra vowels and other common letters to ease any potential frustration of not being able to find another letter.
So far, they’ve been a hit. Each morning, we pull out the Rock Alphabet to spell his name and a he picks a new word of the day to spell out. Ironically, after his word of the day, his interest is peaked and more words are attempted.
Perfect! Super Why to the rescue with this inspiration for our new Reading resource!!