When my children were younger I surrounded them with toys, games, and books to encourage them to read and to learn to have a love of reading. One of the favorite things we had was what I called the Word Wall. This was a place for them to explore and play with words.
Create a Word Wall for Early Readers
Our word wall was nothing more than a magnetic white board with magnetic letters and words that I created for it.
- Magnetic white board
- Magnetic letters (we had sets of Leap Frog letters that I used)
- Plastic bin
- Using a list of common site words I created word cards for our Word Wall. I color coded the letters in the words to match the color scheme of the Leap Frog letters.
- With a stencil and markers I made a whole list of words and then laminated them and glued magnets to the back.
- I filled a shoe boxed sized plastic bin with the letter and words that I created.
- We then used the letters and words to play games and create sentences.
Games To Play:
- Have your child pull out words and say them aloud. If they don’t know them have them repeat after you.
- You can place words on the board and have your child create them with the letters from the box.
- Use simple words to create sentences on the white board. We started with things like The cat, The cat and the dog, The cat and the dog ran.