Hello! Hello! I have been a little frustrated, because My Princess has not been as attentive to my attempts at the Phonics Mat I painstakingly created. Then it hit me. How could I make it more fun? It only took a minute before this idea came to mind. I quickly ran into my fabric stash and grabbed the biggest heaviest piece I could find. I layed it out on the floor and grabbed my scissors. In just a few minutes, I was able to cut out the vowels from white felt. Of course, My Princess was looking over my shoulder saying, "What are you doing mommy?" Me- "It's a fun surprise sweetheart." Well, as soon as it was done I said, "Can you jump on the letter that says, 'ehh'?" She immediately responded by jumping to it. We went through the vowels this way. Next I jumped on a letter and said, "What sound does this letter make?" She nailed it. Then I asked her to jump on the corresponding lowercase letter. After she grew bored with this, I grabbed hold of her hand and together we started from left to right jumping on the letters and saying the sounds. We did this a couple of times. What a wonderfully simple idea to whip up. So glad I had it. Too bad they don't happen all the time!
We have used "My Phonics Mat" as well. I have found that she is learning, but I think it uses a lot of brain power so she gets overloaded very quickly. We are now blending CV and CVC sounds. Each little baby step adds up.
Hope you enjoy!