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Montessori I Spy Games Boom Cards designed to be used for distance learning, daily practice and home-school environments. Help students identify initial sounds with this interactive activity.

The main objective of playing the “I spy” games is to prepare children for reading and writing by raising their awareness of the sounds that make up words. Although they are depicted one each card, recognizing the letters is not emphasized at this stage.

In a Montessori classroom, this activity would be presented using three dimensional objects which is the best way to introduce the games as children are drawn to the realistic and beautiful objects.

This deck is not intended to replace the games played using beautiful objects; however, it can be used as an extension that also increases vocabulary. The games are introduced using objects that represent 3 letter phonetic words (CVC Words). This deck includes images that are not CVC words, however, we will release a strictly CVC word version soon. The deck is also useful when objects to play the game with, are limited or not available.

No more than three sounds are introduced a day. This selection must include one known and two unknown sounds (unless it is the first presentation, in which case, three unknown sounds are selected). For this reason, when selecting the play button on the title card or the back button on any other card, a selection card appears. This affords the person presenting the activity, the freedom to choose the appropriate sounds for individual children.

The deck is designed to allow children to play the games independently. Each slide has a sound icon which plays the part of the game usually verbalized by the person presenting the game. A play button on each slide will drive the game forward in alphabetical order. Alternatively, children can select the back button to be directed to the selection card. When children use the deck independently, the report section can add valuable insight in terms of which sounds the child knows and which sounds the child does not know.

The stop icon ends the game which is important when presenting the sounds three at a time. The object image order on each slide is randomized each time the game is played.

When presenting the sounds, ensure that the vocabulary associated with the images used in the game, is familiar to the child. A list of the images and their names, can be found on pages 4 to 10 of this information book. If the child has trouble discerning the first sound in the word, say the word very slowly, emphasizing the beginning sound. If the difficulty persists and the child is older than 4 ½ years, be sure to rule out any hearing issues.

The vowels are highlighted in blue, but this must not be emphasized at this stage. The colours are consistent with activities and material that the child will work with after the I Spy Games have been played extensively.

The is no slide for the letter X as no words start with the sound it makes and this deck is emphasizing initial sounds only.

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Montessori I Spy Games Boom Cards designed to be used for distance learning, daily practice and home-school environments. Help students identify initial sounds with this interactive activity.

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