Phonics phones and mirrors are two of the most important items in an early elementary small group instructional area. Phonics phones amplify the student’s voice helping the student to focus and pay attention to the sounds. Although you can purchase phonics phones, they are quite easy and inexpensive to make. View the video for instructions on how to make your own classroom phonics phones.
To make phonics phones
Use phonics phones…
1. when teaching phonemic awareness skills.
2. when teaching letter sounds.
3. when teaching students to discriminate between similar sounding letter sounds. Take a look at your students’ writing samples. Phonics phones can be very helpful with students who confuse letters such as f/v, s/z , or sh/ch.
4. when working with students who omit letters in their writing. These students may not be paying attention to each sound in the word.
5. during guided reading activities. Some teachers find that giving each student a phonics phone while reading text a loud to themselves helpful.
Helpful Hint: Especially in first grade, students should have their own phonics phone which is accessible as needed during writing and spelling activities. If students are sharing phonics phones in your small group area, be sure to have antibacterial wipes on hand.