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by Voyager Sopris Learning on Jul 20, 2022
According to the Young Readers Foundation,
reading not only helps build focus and comprehension, it also helps children develop empathy, leadership, confidence, and social skills—and developing a few key early literacy skills can help children grow into confident and proficient readers.
One simple tool to help students to segment words into individual sounds or individual letters and develop phonological awareness skills is an Elkonin box.
Elkonin boxes, or sound boxes, are a powerful tool used to help children develop foundation skills for reading. Elkonin boxes are an evidence-based instructional method created by D.B. Elkonin, a Russian psychologist. Research has confirmed they're an incredibly effective tool for building a strong foundation of beginner reading skills.
Elkonin boxes are a simple, fun activity that only require a piece of paper or a dry erase board. They're a series of boxes with pictures that help elementary grade students break up words into individual phonemes. Isolated phonemes are the individual
units of sound that make up words. Children place objects or write letters in each of the boxes to represent each individual phoneme block.
Parents or teachers can download a box template for a simple, effective strategy that helps children to practice phoneme segmenting and blending the different sounds that make up words.
Elkonin boxes help children develop phonological awareness, a foundational literacy skill. As such, they're useful to individual students at every learning level. However, Elkonin boxes can be particularly helpful for children likely to struggle with
reading, like those learning English as a second language or children with a family history of reading disabilities. About 15% of people struggle with dyslexia, a reading disability that causes difficulties with phonemic awareness. Using Elkonin boxes
to segment words can help children with phoneme awareness difficulties gain confidence with reading.
Elkonin sound boxes were originally designed to be used with pictures. While some versions now use written words instead of pictures, Elkonin picture cards are great for children beginning to learn about phonemes.
To start, download a printable Elkonin box template, or simply grab a pen and paper to draw one yourself. Find a household or classroom object with a short, normal name, or print off a picture of a simple object. Under the object, draw one box for every
phoneme in the object name. For example, "cat" has three phonemes, /c/, /a/, and /t/, and "bear" has two, /b/ and /air/.
Show your child the picture or object and slowly say the word aloud together. Move a small object, like a coin, into each box as you say each phoneme.
Advanced students can use Elkonin boxes with letters to help boost writing and word decoding skills. Instead of printing off photos of objects, write a simple word at the top of a page that has normal (easy to sound out) spelling. Draw one box for each
phoneme. To start, say the word aloud together and have your child put a small object in the box for each phoneme. For a more challenging activity, have your child write the letters for each phoneme in the box instead.
Elkonin boxes are a relatively easy class activity, but there are a few things you can do to help make them most effective.
Use Elkonin boxes in individual and small group settings. Elkonin boxes are a great individual or small group activity. Some children might be more comfortable sounding out words in a group to start. It's important to create a comfortable environment
to facilitate learning, so if students seem more comfortable in a group to start, prioritize group learning.
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