This activity helps children segment and blend phonemes, starting with 2 phoneme words. The listen for only two sounds, the beginning and ending sound. Students push a small manipulative for each sound in the word up towards the picture. I use small green and red plastic circles. I started using these to build on the "go" and "stop" colors, to reinforce left to right progression. We put the green circle in the fist box and the red circle in the second box. They have to push the green circle first, starting left, and move right, to the red circle for the last sound...where you stop. For the 3 and 4 phoneme words, we use two green and one red circle and three green and one red circle, because you keep on going till you get to the end.
I have had great success with these flip books over the years, and may have to make new ones with the cute clip art I used in this item! Click on the link below to get to my store.
Once my children are able to push the sounds, we begin writing the sounds to connect reading to writing. For some of my struggling students, this is like the "aha" moment, when they see the connection of blending sounds for reading and segmenting sounds for writing!