Word lists are provided as a planning resource for the Mat activity of the alpha-read app. When preparing for each session, refer to these lists which are organized sequentially according to the alpha-read recommended introduction of letter sounds. Initially, the choice of words which reflect known letter sounds will be limited, but as your child’s letter sound knowledge grows, so too will the number of available words. Thus, after /a/ and /t/ are learned, the sounds should be combined on the Mat to spell and read the first word “at”. When /m/ is introduced, three more words (am, mat, tam) can be spelled and read. As each new sound is learned, it is combined with learned sounds to make new words on the Mat.
It is recommended that all the letters in your child’s review set be reviewed in the spelling/reading activities at the Mat at each session. For example, if you have recently introduced /d/, your word list might consist of the following: sad, cast, slam, mad, act, dad. Notice that while each of the sequenced learned sounds (a, t, m, s, l, c, d) are represented in the list you have also provided several opportunities to use /d/, the newest letter sound. At your next session, you can vary your word list to include the following: tad, at, lad, act, scam, clad. Once again you have used all the letter sounds in your child’s review set and also emphasized the newest sound. Continuing to design your list in this manner will reinforce learned sounds and integrate new ones steadily.
If you have any questions about how to prepare word lists for each session, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Red indicates the newest introduced sound.