Recently your child has made a game "Hunks & Chunks" game bag. Inside the bag you will find everything you need to play four games that can strengthen your child's reading decoding skills tremendously. These “Hunk & Chunk” cards represent some of the most commonly blended sounds we see in words. Please take a few minutes each night (or as often as possible) to go over these flashcards with your child. If a student is able to recognize these “sounds” automatically, they are able to decode unknown words more quickly and the smoothness of their reading greatly improves. Being a more fluent reader will also improve your child’s understanding of what they read. This is a great way to have fun with your student while practicing skills they need sharpening.
Go Fish Game: There are 2 of every chunk in the baggie. Use the cards for a fun game of “Go Fish!” Your child will know how to play as we modeled how to play in class.
Memory Match: Lay all the cards out face down on a table and take turns choosing two cards trying to find matching sounds.
Quick Drills: Use a timer and see how long it takes your child to get through all of the cards successfully. Just use one set of cards for this activity. Remember, I have enclosed a “Hunk & Chunk Master” so that you as parents will be familiar with the “Chunks” and the way that we teach them.
Trace Race: Using a sensory type material (sand, rice, carpet, sandpaper, shaving cream) have your student trace with their finger the letters the “Hunk & Chunk” sound you call out. To check for accuracy make a pile of cards they correctly trace into the sensory material. If they miss a sound or trace the sound incorrectly place those cards in a different pile. When all the cards are gone review the incorrect pile to improve accuracy. *adding a smell of some sort with the texture is a bonus for sensory type learning. (citrus, peppermint, rosemary, basil)