My son would have LOVED this phonetic reading activity when he was little! He was obsessed with vehicles. Even though he learned to read early and without difficulty, this just would have been fun. And for a vehicle lover who has difficulty learning to read or is reluctant to read, this could be a godsend.
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Getting Ready for the Race Car Blending Phonics Activity
I did a brief intro to this activity yesterday in my post with Free Car Printables and Montessori-Inspired Car Activities
Materials Needed for Race Car Blending
- Race Car Blending Printables by Engage2Inspire at Teachers Pay Teachers (There are 3 free printable packs you can use to sample the activity before buying. I’m not an affiliate. I just think this is great!)
- Micro Machine Race Car
- Basket or tray for activity
I think this activity is especially fun with Micro Machines. You could probably print out the pages with your printer set at 125% in landscape for larger cars. Or you could have a larger car go down the middle of the track.
How to Teach Letter Sounds
If you don’t feel comfortable teaching phonetic letter sounds, be sure to watch the video in this post: “How to Teach Letter Sounds to Your Child Using Montessori Principles.” Your child or students should be familiar with the letter sounds used on a particular race car blends printable race track before using that one.
Directions for the Race Car Blending Phonics Activity
I especially like that the vowels are in one color and consonants are in another for these printables. That’s a helpful technique used in Montessori phonics activities. And I love that it’s a fun, hands-on activity that’s high interest for vehicle lovers. This could also be fun for kids who aren’t actually vehicle lovers! Learning to sound out words (blend sounds into works) is a skill that takes extra practice for most kids. This activity can be a high-interest way to get that extra practice in until reading really “clicks.”
I recommend starting with the free Race Car Blending (CVC, Digraphs, Blends) printable.
Have your child or student “drive” a race car on the race track slowly to “warm up” the car at first, and then faster and faster until he or she says the word. For children who would find that difficult at first, you could say the sounds as the child drives the car. You could even have two children racing cars side by side on the race track.
If your child or students really enjoy the activity, you’ll probably want to buy the Race Car Blending (short vowels, digraphs, consonant blends). These initial blending activities will be the most important in helping your child learn to read words.
Once a child is very comfortable with those race tracks, you could try the free sample Race Car Blending (Long i, e, and o). From here, you may or may not want to buy more of the race car blending printables. If your child or students love them and want more, then go for it! Any time you can capture and expand on a child’s interest is awesome! Otherwise, you might want to go on to other reading activities. Often children will get an initial start in sounding out words and then just take off into reading.
Have fun! 🙂
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