Review - A Surefire Way to Teach Valuable Phonics Skills


Educational InsightsAlthough 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!

I reviewed the Teaching Tiles Early Learning System Beginning Reading Center from Educational Insights which retails for $49.99, but is currently on sale for $33.99 with FREE SHIPPING.

Phonics Skills

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

The Teaching Tiles Early Learning System is designed for children ages 4 to 7 years old and contains the following:

  • 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

Educational Insights Teaching Tiles Early Learning SystemLay 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."

Rebus Sentences

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.

Word-Building Challenge

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!



5 Star Review
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!

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47 Responses to A Surefire Way to Teach Valuable Phonics Skills

    Tosh Says:


    I would also love to have the
    Teaching Tiles™ Early Learning Tiles Math Readiness Center

    army76j Says:


    This is awesome. Would love the math one as well!!!!!

    Denise Says:


    All of the Teaching Tiles Activities look interesting.

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    Kristi C Says:


    I like the Chime with Rhyme.

    nickie Says:


    The chime with rythm




    Janet W. Says:


    I would love to have the See ‘n’ Write™ .

    Kristie Says:


    I like the E-Z as ABC® Game Set.

    Nury Says:


    I would like to have the E-Z as ABC® Game Set for my 5 year old son :)

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    Kimberly Schotz Says:


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    Maegan Morin Says:


    I would like to try the E-Z as ABC® Game Set

    Jan Says:


    The Teaching Tiles™ Early Learning Tiles Math Readiness Center

    Heidi Daily Says:


    I’d also like the Easy as ABC game

    Christina G. Says:


    I’d also like to have the Numbers Count game. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Debbie Says:


    I like the See and Write!

    Suzanne Says:


    The See ‘n’ Write is awesome.

    Sylvia White Says:


    I like the E-Z as ABC® Game Set

    Nicole L. Says:


    I like the E-Z as ABC game set.

    anna Says:


    EZ as ABC game set

    Richard Morris Says:


    the Chime With Rhyme set would be good for my boy’s learning style too

    Bethany C. Says:


    I like their see n write.

    Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith) Says:


    MathShark would be so cool for my grandchildren.

    Jessica Cote Says:


    Numbers Count

    carol gentry Says:


    See ‘n’ Write look like a great item for the kids.

    Karensuki Says:


    E-Z as ABC® Game Set – looks like a good way to get my littlest ready for kindergarden

    Ellen C. Says:


    I like the E-Z as ABC game. Thanks for the chance.

    michelle riebeek Says:


    Kelly D Says:


    I like their See n’ Write.

    Carrie Phelps Says:


    I would also love to have the Numbers Count™.

    Whitney at It's Gravy, Baby! Says:


    E-Z as ABC game set

    Maryse B. Says:


    See ‘n’ Write™

    K.Pugh Says:


    Chime With Rhyme

    susan varney Says:


    i like the alphabet bean bags

    Renee B. Says:


    Chime with rhyme looks fun

    Maryann Says:


    Numbers Count looks cute

    Daily Woman Says:



    Lisa R Says:


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    Laurie B Says:


    Oh wow the Phonics Pad is so neat…My son has down syndrome and this would help him so much. I must look into it more

    Celeste Says:


    I like the See’n’Write.

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  2. Gina H. Says:


    E-Z as ABC Game SeT.

    Jan Messali Says:


    I’d also like to have the See ‘n Write and the Numbers Count.

    Lindsey Gain Says:


    I would like Chime with Rhyme!

    Melissa Belle Says:


    The See ‘n’ Write™

    Karen Medlin Says:


    love to have the E-Z as ABC Game Set

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