Play Based Learning with Readably Tiles

What is a tile?

A tile is a combination of a sound [phoneme] and a letter shape [grapheme]. This is necessary because the same letter can make multiple sounds. For example /s/ in the word /us/ versus /s/ in the word /is/. Although the letter doesn't change, the sound does. We use color as a criteria for the learner to know that though it's the same shape, there is a difference in the sound.

Tiles for Lesson 1 to 12

The tiles for Lessons 1-12 include 37 different grapheme/phoneme combinations, printed in color on 24pt card stock. The back of each tile, identifies the sound/colour combination with a sample word. There are 5 tiles per grapheme/phoneme combination (with a couple of exceptions).
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How to Use the Tiles

1. Using tiles with the videos

  1. After watching 1 or 2 of the videos, take out the tiles for the relevant lesson.
  2. Play the video and pause at any word.  Ask your learner to make the words they see on the screen, using the tiles.
  3. Ask the learner to read the word they made.
  4. Advanced:  Ask the learner to reverse the tiles to make a new word.
  5. Ask the learner to read the new word they made.

2. Using tiles with the wordlist

  1. Watch 1-2 videos.
  2. Take out the tiles for the relevant lesson.
  3. With the video off, orally, ask your learner to make a word from the word list for the lesson, using the tiles.
  4. Ask them to read the word.
  5. Ask them to reverse the word with the tiles, then read it.


3. Using tiles with for correction

When you use Readably, there are many opportunities to correct in a way that forces the learner to think and ‘learn from their mistakes’.

When you use comparison to show rather than tell, it gives the learner an opportunity to see what their mistake was.  

Here's an example:

  1. You ask for  /pat/.
  2. Learner makes /pit/.  
  3. You make /pat/ yourself and contrast the two words.
  4. Guidance you can offer:  Read each word.
  5. Guidance you can offer:  If this is /pat/ [pointing at their /pit/], then what is this [pointing at your /pat/].