Do you have whisper phones? Most of us do have some of these great things & you can even make your own at a cheaper cost if you don’t. I have a basket of these handy dandy phones.
Mostly I used these whisper phones for the students to hear themselves read or to keep their voices from bothering their neighbors. Some kids, especially starting out, need to hear themselves voice the words.
But I found another use for them! Phonemic Awareness Phones! Some of my kinders and first graders were having some difficulty hearing some of the sounds, especially ending and middle sounds. These phones work great for that! They can say and stretch the word into the phone and hear the sounds sooo much better. Then record the sounds as they write.
Tr and Dr are my least favorite blends…they trick my kids all the time!!
I use them for fluency phones. I like the idea of using them with kids who need to hear sounds better. That's a great idea.
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Lee Ann Rasey says
I have a couple, but I like yours better. I've used them for kiddos who have difficulty hearing rhyming words. When my kinder kids use the phones for reading, it's awkward for them because they need 2 hands to turn the pages. We have to work on how to hold the phone and turn pages. It's hard for some of them to do that. Yes, TR is CH, and DR is J. Those are so tricky!
Grade ONEderful says
I've been meaning to get those phones for years! Now's the time. I wonder if Scholastic has them?
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Cute sorting activity…and I love my whisper phones and so do the kiddos!
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I think the tr and dr are so hard for some children to hear. Thanks for coming by, Vickie!
The phones work great for fluency too! Lots of uses for these things. Thanks Tammy!
I agree, Lee Ann, the phones are harder for the younger ones to use since they need their hands on their books. I usually use them in first grade for quiet reading. Thanks so much for coming by!
Barbara, I think I probably ordered these phones from Lakeshore. I can't remember for sure. I know the kids love them. 🙂
Thank you Vicky! My kids love using the phones too and will ask if they get to use them. 🙂
tr and dr are very hard for ELL children to hear. My co-teacher and I had them spelling with jr for dr so we got out the dictionary and had the students look up a word with us using jr. We asked them if they found it and when they said no we then asked if they found any jr words. The answer was no! So they knew from then on that jr at the beginning of the word was never going to happen. So I know have no children writing jr now just to get a handle on the tr.