Starting to Read & Write

We are so excited to have finally finished our latest teaching resource - The Sounding Out Train

It is ta wonderful way to start teaching little learners to begin to read and write. After you have taught the single sounds (or a fair chunk of them),  start to teach them about the Sounding-Out Train! 

The train has 3 parts - the engine, the carriage and the caboose. All 3 parts help to read (or write) the word. Give them colours to also help with the process of learning to chunk a word up or down (encode/decode - write/read). The 3 colours also serve as a useful tool when you want to start to move your class on from the can just use the colours before finally getting them to sound-out plain black words on a white background.

This new resource includes everything you need to get started with the Sounding-Out Train in your classroom. Anchor charts, letter cards, picture cards, poster pages, worksheets, literacy centers and heaps of teacher notes and suggestions. You can also use many of the ideas in the program and adapt them for your own classroom, for example you may not want to use the letter cards - magnetic letters work too.

Using the teacher cards to model how to read and write simple words

It is a great idea to sort your teacher cards in an Index Card Box
 or similar.

Students make their own words for an independent activity, after participating in whole class lessons and modelling.

A great way to sort the student cards

Reading word cards are sent home daily to tie in reading with writing. The sounds are segmented to help students with the 'sounding out' process.