A little while back I came across the idea of using megablocks to help with phonics skills and fluency. I thought it was a great idea. I’ll try to find the website where I first saw it, and will share it when I do. For now though, here’s our take on it:
Seeing how the girl has outgrown her megablocks and generally is using lego for building, I loved the idea of repurposing her old blocks. So today I pulled out my label maker and her box of blocks and set to work. This should give new life to all her old sets, that haven’t seen the light in several months.
I decided to put both a capitalized and lowercase version of the same word on each block. This way, when we start worrying more about proper capitalization her blocks will still be useful for her. Eventually I’ll be adding a whole lot more words – including many she has requested herself – as well as doubling up some blocks with words like is, was, it, and… as many of them can be used twice in the same super silly, extra long, sentence.
We also decided to use many of her blocks with stickers on them. You know how some sets (like Kai Lan and Diego) have themed stickers that get applied to some blocks? Well, we’ve labeled those too – with Kid kid’s choice of words. It can be nice for early readers to have visual hints when still working towards reading fluency.
So, here are our blocks. I ran out of tape in my label maker, so had to stop a little earlier than I’d have liked. But we still had enough finished to have a bit of fun. Lily-Ann loved my “Dad was stinky” sentence, and I loved that her very first one was “Lily-Ann is cute”. 😉
Building blocks can refer to any number of things, especially in a metaphorical sense. Anything you use to build up to something better is, essentially, a building block. Today though I refer to them in the literal sense… building blocks.
The wee girlie got sick last night at about 2:30 a.m. and hasn’t been well since. No fever though, thank goodness. But that’s meant that we’ve kept today really nice and low key. In the afternoon we spent a couple hours sitting on the floor building with her mega blocks. Something that she loves doing, but that doesn’t require much physical investment.
If you look closely, you’ll see Lily-Ann in the bokeh surrounding her block house.
Here are a couple other shots of the house… playing with my depth of field a little.