What are Sound Boxes?

Sound boxes are used within the writing section of the lesson. After composing a sentence, the student writes it on the lower half of an open scrapbook. The upper half of the scrapbook becomes the practice page. One way of solving an unknown word is to use sound boxes. The teacher draws a box for each sound (not each letter at this stage) and the student pushes a counter up into each box as he / she slowly says the word. The student is then asked – What did you hear? Each sound that is heard is recorded in the appropriate box. At first the student may only hear the first and / or last sound. The teacher writes what is unknown. Gradually the student is encouraged to hear and record the sounds in order. Once the use of sound boxes is established the counters are no longer needed.

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