Word Study Upcycled: Repurposing Life Materials to Support Emergent Readers

In this article, the authors describe how life materials, including plastic spoons, clothespins, beans, rubber ducks, and toy cars, can be repurposed to support emergent readers in word study activities.  The article describes hands-on strategies designed to promote practice with letter recognition, phonics, word families, and sight words for emergent readers.  The opportunity to explore and manipulate the materials provides an engaging experience for young children, promotes the development of fine motor skills, and builds a strong literacy foundation for young children.

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