Children play Go Fish using the BFR Card Decks that they make or that are found in the Games Books. The cards can be simple (single word) or have phrases or a series of words with patterns.
When the child makes their own BINGO board, they are practicing how to spell the words you are calling out. Use the word lists from the BFR Lesson Pages in the Lessons Book or Training Companion Guide. You don't need any other materials except paper and pencil (or markers.)
Almost any card deck can be used to play Face Up or Face Down memory. Face Up memory is wonderful for children who struggle with remembering where the cards are. It engages them in successful repeated word reading alone or with a friend/adult.
When you have a child who is struggling with hearing and saying the correct short vowel sounds, this is a game you can play to practice to hearing the sounds.
So you've been tapping the charts or working toward tapping the full chart and a game to play with the individual sounds would be helpful. Watch how we turned the 1st chart (alphabet chart), Blends Chart (consonant blends) and Teams Chart (Vowel Teams and Bossy R's) into card decks so you can play memory (3 ways) or Go Fish.
Tapping the charts moves the letter/sound connection into long-term memory so the child can recall the sound quickly when seeing the letter (for reading) or recall the letter quickly when hearing a sound (for spelling). Some children need many repetitions with the work to 'remember' it. This game provides an engaging way to practice those sound/symbol connections with a familiar tool - the chart. Use this type of game board with any chart (1st, Blends, Teams or Syllable).
Going between the short vowel and long vowel (and between the two syllables types) is a skill that needs practice even in with older children who are building automaticity. This is from a real group tutoring session. Yes, they are silly but joy increases the learning.
When do you use tch at the end of a word? Play this simple Flip Game to practice the rule. BFR games are designed to be made easy to find materials at school or home. They are low cost, easy to make, and loads of fun! Play the same game again and again. Repetition is key!
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