We recently purchased a subscription to Education Cubes because Baloo is a very energetic kid and I knew he would enjoy running around after some cubes. He loves the running part, though he doesn’t always tolerate the learning part that comes with it.
Right now we are working on blending sounds together and I’m trying to incorporate some word families to make it easier on him. One one cube we have common word families (at, am, all) and the other is beginning sounds (m, t, c, d…). I would throw them to/at/near Baloo and he would retrieve and sound out the word. Then we would decide if it was a real word or a silly (nonsense) word.
Sounding the word out.
Baloo had another idea though. He wanted to throw the cubes into the box and then read the word.
Then he wanted to roll them into the box.
In the end, while he was more interested in the many ways to throw or roll the cubes, we spend a good 30 minutes practicing blending sounds!! I don’t think he even knows he was learning!