Although I have no intention of homeschooling Riley, I do have several learning goals for her before she officially starts school. I want to teach her to read and write her alphabet, her name and our phone number so as to be better prepared for kindergarten.
We're busy learning letter sounds, but I soon realized that I needed a fun and easy way to enrich Riley's phonics skills. As always, Educational Insights was right there with a terrific toy to teach beginning reading fundamentals. Keep reading to learn more about the Teaching Tiles Early Learning System!
Use a Hands-On Approach to Teach Phonics Skills
The Beginning Reading Center is a hands-on approach to developing beginning reading and phonics skills, such as letter-sound relationships, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling and sentence formation. Young learners practice these important early skills using a combination of fun manipulative materials - large, chunky tiles, a "work" tray and colorful, self-checking activity cards.
Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. ~ Emilie Buchwald
- 100 plastic tiles
- 26 lowercase letter tiles
- 38 picture tiles
- 36 word tiles
- Work tray
- 50 self-checking activity cards
- Teacher's guide
The tile borders are color-coded to go with the activity cards, enabling students to easily determine the tiles necessary for the task. For example, all letter tiles and the cards with which they are used have blue borders. The tiles, tray and activity cards in your Beginning Reading Center make a motivating learning center activity. You can even use your Beginning Reading Center for teacher-directed activities with individuals or small groups.
Fun Activities to Reinforce Beginning Phonics Skills
Listen and Find
Lay an assortment of picture tiles on a table. Say a clue about a picture, and have your child find a corresponding tile. Some ideas include: "Find a picture that begins with a 'b'." or "Find a picture that has a short 'a' in its name."
Let your child combine the picture tiles and word tiles to create simple rebus sentences. Then have them read their sentences to back to you.
Use the letter tiles to reinforce spelling and phonics skills. Have your child form words with the tiles while giving them criteria like: "Make a word that rhymes with 'hen'." or "Make a word that ends in 't'."
I loved using the Teaching Tiles Early Learning System with Riley. There were so many engaging phonics skills activities included which really helped capture her attention. Having all of the colorful and coordinated tiles coupled with the challenging activity cards also made for wonderful learning manipulatives. Of course, the hardest part for us is teaching the vowel sounds, but I've found that playing the Listen and Find game has helped immensely. She's almost got it!
Teaching my child to read and develop a love of books is one of the best gifts I can impart to her. Thankfully, the Teaching Tiles Early Learning System Beginning Reading Center is making this daunting task much easier than it was before. I just know that before too long, my daughter will be a brand new reader!
Disclosure: I received the Teaching Tiles Early Learning System Beginning Reading Center from Educational Insights in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. This product review is based on my own personal experiences with this item and is completely honest and objective.
I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!