Train Whistles

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Tired of the same old workbooks and drills? Wasn't teaching at home supposed to be fun and incorporate some hands-on activities? Wouldn't that budding reader like to change it up a bit here and there? Instant Learning Centers makes it easy to take a break from the mundane and reinforce concepts with some fun card play. Each Instant Learning Center has four ready-to-go activities designed to help your child practice skills without more writing. In Beginning Consonants, kids match letters to sounds, pick out the object with the different sound, practice alphabetical order and play beginning sound dominoes. In Ending Consonants, children match object cards to letters based on ending sounds, play a memory match game, spin and race based on ending letter sounds and decide whether a sound occurs at the beginning or end of a word. The Long and Short Vowel book helps children discern the vowel sound in a word using matching, sorting, a card game, and a competitive, three-in-a-row challenge. Phonemic Awareness is all about discerning the disparate sounds in a word. One activity has children place counters under chosen cards to enumerate the sounds. Another has children form train cars based on the number of sounds. The third activity has children identify beginning and ending sounds and play a marker on a grid based on that letter. The final activity matches the sound grid cards to a picture card. The last book in the series is Word Families. Its four activities include Family of Four (set out leader cards and find 3 rhyming matches), Magic Word Family Spelling (find the correct onset letter to complete the rime), Slap and Say (turn over a card and "slap" it's rhyming partner), and Frogs on a Log (pick a picture card from a bag and put a marker "frog" on the corresponding word family in the pond). Cardstock cards are all punch-out and go. They seem durable, but you can laminate them if you anticipate heavy wear. Activities are short and playful, card illustrations cute and colorful, and there is just enough practice for each concept to be entertaining without getting boring and redundant. When these concepts are mastered, just store the cards in envelopes and pass the fun down to the next little learner.
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Single Train Whistle Item #: 052802
Grades: PreK-Adult
Retail: $6.50
Rainbow Price: $5.95

Pink Train Whistle Set Item #: 052466
Grades: PreK-Adult
Retail: $20.00
Rainbow Price: $15.75

Train Whistle Set Item #: 052805
Grades: PreK-Adult
Retail: $20.00
Rainbow Price: $15.75

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