The little lady in the house is learning to read. She reads just about anything she sees, even billboards or food labels. Sometimes she cracks me up the way she tries to read just about anything she sees with letters on. Oh I’m so proud of her. Now that it’s summer vacation, I have some catching up to do on my blog and emails sent by readers.
One such question I got and I’ve been really meaning to post this one is on some reading activities I do with my daughter and my kindergarten students. I do a lot of Phonemic Awareness Activities with my daughter and my students. I have a Literacy Center in my classroom and my kids use this cute little Phonics Phone. I used this in my Pre-K – K class back in Maryland. Phonics Phones help amplify the child’s voice when reading or producing letter sounds helping him or her to focus on the sounds and reading. It’s fun and an effective way when doing Phonemic Awareness activities and practicing to read.
It’s very easy and inexpensive to make.
I went to my local Home Depot store and purchased the blue PVC pipes. I think I paid less than P200.
You will need:
- 1 inch size PVC pipes cut into 3 1/2 ” or for younger kids I cut the pipes in 3″ long ( The local Home depot store I went to sold these pipes at 1 size only which was quite long. Thus, I was able to make a lot of these).
- 2 pieces of 1 inch elbow joints (you will need 1 elbow joint on each end) – They were sold at P12.00/elbow joint
- washi tapes to decorate your phones
Just ask assistance from your local Home depot store to cut the pipes in 3 to 3 1/2 inches in length. If you’re not lucky to find assistance, you’ll have to do the cutting yourself using a little saw used for cutting through pipes. This can get your hands dirty though.
Put elbow joints on each end. Makes sure you thoroughly wash the phones with soap and water. You can in fact, make this an activity with your child. I’ve learned many times in school and at home that getting children involved promotes responsibility, confidence and independence. Not to mention, self-discovery promotes cognitive skills for children.
Decorate it with colorful washi tapes. That’s it!
Here’s the little lady using her Phonics Phone.
If you have any questions, just leave me a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org