For this month's You Oughta Know Blog Hop, I am sharing all about multisensory kits. Have you heard of 'em? I was introduced to multisensory phonics kits three years ago from my team members. They helped me build mine and I've been using them ever since!
I find that using multisensory activities with my students, especially those needing a little extra reading support, are more engaging then worksheets or word sorts alone. I really believe that hands on activities help young students make connections to words and visualize spelling patterns in a better way.
I use these plastic containers to store the materials. I've had them for three years now and they've held up very well.
This is a word building activity using unifix cubes. I use flip books or ask my students to use words from our weekly spelling list to make the words in a hands on way.
Another piece to the kits are these felt strips. I love that they come with handwriting lines so the students are practicing letter formation and spacing as they make the letters with their fingers on the felt.
The sandpaper strips are a huge hit. I bought these at our local hardware store. Even seven months into our school year and I still hear the sweet words, "this tickles."
And here are the white boards that we all know and love!
I have found that using the primary white boards with a picture space up top is great for my students who need to make a visual connection to their words.
We even kick it old school with chalkboards! Do other people use these too or am I a #dinosaurteacher? At least I don't have white chalk!
Lastly, I was given these small foam magnetic letters which I love, love, love! They are so tiny and cute and a great way for students to build words on the table or magnet board.
I really hope this gave you a little peak into my multisensory kits that I use with my second graders. The great thing about these kits are that you can add whatever you want to them! I've seen some teachers use things like small sandboxes and dough bags for word building. You can even swap things in and out to keep the boxes interesting and fresh!