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Magnetic Letters


  1. MAKING WORDS  Have your children make as many different words as they can.  Each time they make a word have them write it on a piece of paper.  You may want to challenge them to make as many two, three, and four letter words as they can.
  2. NAME GAME  Have your children make names of friends or family.  They should make each name, mix the letters, and make it again several times.
  3. ALPHABETICAL ORDER  Have your children put a set of lowercase letters in correct alphabetical order.  They can then do the same with uppercase letters.
  4. MAKING NEW WORDS  Build several words and show your children how to change, add, or take away a letter or letters to make a new word.  Some examples are:  cat, can, man, men, met, tap, clap, claps, flaps, flips, flipped, slipped.
  5. RHYMING PAIRS  Use a magnetic cookie sheet.  With magnetic letters, make a word such as cut.  Say the word and have your child say a rhyming word and make it with magnetic letters below it.  Sometimes rhyming words will be spelled differently so you may need to show the child the new spellings (new and blue, hope and soap).
  6. ADDING ENDINGS  Make an action word such as read, sew, or plant.  Invite your child to add as many different endings as possible (reads, reading, reader, sewing, sews, plants, planted, planting, planter)
  7. CHANGING VOWELS  Make a simple three letter word.  Ask your child to change the vowel to make a new word (for example:  cat to cut, hop to hip).
  8. CONSONANT CUPLETS  Make a word that begins with a consonant.  Have your child make another word that starts with that same consonant.
  9. CONSONANT CLUSTER CUPLETS  Make a simple word that begins with two consonants together.  Have your child make a word that starts with the same cluster (crab and cry, stop and store)
  10. HIGH FREQUENCY WORD PRACTICE  There are some words that children use many times when they read and/or write.  Have your child make the word, mix up the letters, and make the word again a few times.
  11. BUILDING WORDS  Give your child a pile of letters and tell him/her to make and write as many words as he/she can.
  12. MISSING LETTERS  Make the last part of a word such as -ick, -air, -ell and have your child put one or two letters in the beginning to make a real word.  Repeat the process with one or two missing letters at the ends of words.

Ideas taken from Phonics Lessons by Gay Su Pinnell and Irene C. Fountas, 2003, Portsmouth, NH:  Heinemann.