This is, by far, Big Brother’s favorite activity on our Build-a-Word Tray. It is a super-simple decoding game that involves children choosing a white tile letter, a blue gem, and another white tile (in educational terms, this type of word is called a CVC word–consonant, vowel, consonant). The child places each tile on its individual “sound star” at the bottom. The child will then “sound out” (decode) the word by saying each sound the word makes and blending all the sounds together. Once the child says the word, he/she then must figure out whether it is a real word or a silly word! Be prepared for lots of laughs!
His first choice of letters…SILLY!
Another selection: A REAL word!
Apparently, “vim” is a real word. However, because it is not a word that a preschooler/early elementary student would know, we’re considering it “silly” for the time being. This isn’t a vocabulary exercise…it is decoding practice.
Big Brother loves to make the silly words the best! :)
And here is a short little video illustrating this activity…