Thursday, December 2, 2010

Reading & Writing Station

Since using phonics is something new in primary schools in Malaysia, I would like to suggest a Reading & Writing Station in Year 1 classrooms.

You will need:
1. Sound cards. Put them in envelopes or 'ziplocks' according to units. Unit 1 - Put s a(3) t(2) p(2) in each envelope. It's great if you can have one envelope of sound cards for every student in your class.

2. Handy Pocket Charts. I teach my course pax to make their own.

3. Picture cards according to the units.

4. Magnetic letters & board(if your school have the
budget to buy).

5. Sandpaper or sensory letters (I stick them to the wall at pupil's eye level).

6. Modelling clay - keep them in airtight containers.

7. Sand/Salt box

8. Sound Cubes

9. Phonics Board & Card Games

10. Sound Posters

11. Letter Formation Cards(laminated- use small transparent plastic b
ags if your school doesn't have a laminator).

12. Word cards(sight words too, in blue please. Other word cards can be written in black).

13. Decodable Texts(poster size)

14. Phonics Dictionary

15. Writer's Wall - Stick mahjung paper on a wall. Have crayons, colour pencils and pencils nearby. Encourage pupils to write whatever they like on it.
In my preschool, we have to change the paper every other day.


  1. Hello Nik,

    Thank you so much for sharing the link to your blog. This has been most helpful. I'm sharing this with my fellow teachers in the district where I teach.

    I'm still learning about and discovering all I can about phonics, and I can't thank you enough for drawing my attention to synthetic phonics.

    Words can't express how much I appreciate your sharing. Thanks again.

  2. Hi Cindy, It's a pleasure to share my experiences with fellow teachers. Let's all help build a nation of readers.