Learning Resources have been on my radar for more years than I care to remember – pretty much since the start of my teaching career I think and we don’t need to talk about how long ago that was *ahem*. Learning Resources products are commonplace in classrooms – providing fun, quality resources to support teaching and learning. But, they’re not just for school! In fact we have several of their products at home already.
The most recent addition to our Learning Resources collection is a tub of Lacing Letters. A tub of ‘sounds’ (or graphemes to give them their technical term) which can be threaded onto laces to create words. Now this isn’t just a standard set of letters – this particular tub contains sounds from Phases Two and Three of Letters and Sounds. (‘Phonics’ is taught in “phases” which means that sounds are taught in a specific order and the Phase Two and Phase Three sounds are taught fairly early on in your child’s phonics education).
If I’m honest I don’t actually know what Phase Chloe is on now, but I would think she’s somewhere along Phase 5 (and getting ready for her Year 1 Phonics Screening Check – but that’s another post entirely!) When I gave Chloe the tub of Lacing Letters to have a play with, the first word she decided to spell was mountain which she must have been learning at school that week – otherwise it’s a really random choice!
She quickly realised that she needed to thread the letters on the the other way to normal so as to avoid writing her word backwards! And we chatted a bit about making sure the letters were positioned the right way round too.
The letters (or graphemes) are easy to handle and the threading laces benefit from a nice long tip meaning that Amy was perfectly able to thread the letters on for the sake of a fine motor skills activity working alongside her big sister!
The Lacing Letters tub contains 12 laces and four of of each grapheme making it ideal for small group work in a classroom situation – there’s also a little leaflet inside with some suggestions for activities if you’re lacking in inspiration!
At over £20 for the tub I would suggest they are probably a bit of an expensive investment to have at home when your child will quickly progress beyond Phase Three (though as Chloe proves, they are still useful further down the line) but for classroom use they’re fab!
*We were sent the Learning Resources Lacing Letters free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*