I was going to wait a while until I started any kind of spelling with Trevor, but he knows what sound each of the letters make, so I thought we'd give it a shot! Tim had the idea of putting the letters of a word scrambled up in front of him and see if he could put them in the right order by sounding it out. I liked the idea, so we got out the Scrabble tiles and this is what we did...
I went to the spelling list in Writing Road to Reading and picked out three words that are similar and very simple. I chose "Go," "No," and "So." I got out the appropriate tiles and laid them out in front of Trevor.
I asked him to try to spell the word "Go" by putting each sound together. He did a good job. It was by no means simple for him and he needed some coaching along the way, but I thought it was a great first try at spelling! I had to teach him the "rule" that when a vowel is at the end of a word you use the its long sound. I am not so great at spelling or the rules that go with it, so forgive me if I don't have this rule quite right, I'll have to read up on them before I get to teaching him too much!
He went through and spelled out each word. Then I would say one of the words and have him point to it and other times I would point to a word and have him say what it was. This was definitely difficult for him, but I think he was up for the challenge!
When we were finished we read the book Go, Dog. Go! and I had him read the word "Go" each time we came to it. I think he really enjoyed being able to participate in the reading process.
Do you have any fun ways to teach early reading?