Phonics posters are an essential part of an early years classroom but it is important that they are not just put up at the beginning of the year and left as a wall decoration.
When I first started teaching I was told by my principal that my students needed to know why something was on my wall and understand how they could use it to enrich their learning. As you can imagine I was very careful to make sure that every child knew why I put something on a wall, and of course, I would continue to refer to it throughout the year so they knew they could use it as a reference.
Word Work Stations
Wall displays are great and they can easily become word work stations. Give your kids a clip board and a recording sheet for a word work rotation and they will be using those posters.
But phonics posters don’t just need to be placed on a wall. If you print two or even four to a page you can use them easily for desk top activities. I printed these posters four to a page and put them in a photo album from the dollar store. The children use a recording sheet and can pick any poster to work from. You might like to keep blend families, vowel groups, dipthongs, etc, together in the one book.
When I wanted the class to focus on a particular sound it was better to place that poster in a photo frame. I could easily change it as needed.
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Another idea is to put the mini posters on a ring. That way I can just take out that ring of posters of whatever blend, digraph, vowel group, or dipthong we are working on and put on the table along with a recording sheet.
Phonics posters can also be used in the children’s notepads. I like to print them out in grey scale to save on ink costs. They can write the words out for spelling practice, write definitions for each word, use the words in a sentence, rainbow write the words, write and stamp, add more words to the charts or simply use them for reference.
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In the comments below, let me know how you use phonics posters in your classroom.