Thursday, March 14, 2013

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Reading With Dry Erase Blocks



Are you working on letter recognition, sight words, or word families?  Using Dry Erase Blocks is the perfect way to add a little variety to your lesson!  Plus, it lets your child use their hands while they work on reading!  Your children will learn new material faster if they are using more senses (sight, touch, etc.) and methods as they learn.

To make your own Dry Erase Blocks, simply gather up some building blocks (we used Mega Blocks) and a dry erase marker.  Write the letters or words on the blocks that you want to work on!  In the pictured example, my child can take the yellow C off the -at family and replace it with a B, F, M, H, P, or R to make more -at words.  Each time, she reads the new word.  My younger son can build with blocks that contain the letters he is working on.  Each child can erase the letters with a paper towel or cloth and re-write them!

UPDATE (3-21-13):  Make sure you erase your blocks when you're done.  I left some letters on for a week, and they are much harder to wipe off days later!




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15 comments:

Caroline said...

Good idea! Nice to include tactile learning. Thanks for sharing!

Katrina Lewis said...

What an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing.

Melissa said...

I love it! what a great idea!!!!

Jacqueline Han said...

That is a great idea. Thanks. Another way to recycle my gal's toys.

Jana from HowToRunAHomeDaycare said...

Carla this is brilliant! We'll be block reading this afternoon.

Bonny Yokeley said...

What a clever idea and so easy. We have these counting blocks, but I never thought to write on them. Thanks!

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Thanks Caroline! My kids are definitely tactile learners, so this is really good for them!

Thanks, Katrina!

I'm so glad, Melissa!

Jacqueline, It seems like there are some toys that can be used over and over--in so many ways! These blocks are definitely in that group!

Jana, that's awesome!!

It's definitely easy, Bonny! And I love wiping them off too!

Michelle said...

What a GREAT idea! We have so many of these blocks at our house right now. :)

gina said...

Love this idea! I was actually about to get rid of my son's mega blocks since he doesnt play with them anymore - but now I will keep them! Thanks for the great idea!

Miss Courtney said...

I'll use this with letter matching!

Lara Molettiere said...

Great idea! Thank you for sharing! I'm visiting from Montessori Monday.

Lorie K said...

This is genius! Pinning it!

Mama D said...

What a great idea! I will be trying this out with my boys today.

Mama D said...

We tried out the reading blocks. Thanks for the idea. I linked your post in my blog:
http://andnextcomesl.blogspot.ca/2013/03/literacy-activities-using-mega-blocks.html

Chelsey Marashian said...

I love this idea! So simple to create, and I can see my kids loving it! Thanks so much for sharing on Discover & Explore this week!