Switching up the traditional alphabet posters in your kindergarten classroom to a sound wall can greatly impact your students’ reading skills!
This year, I am switching from using a word wall in my classroom to having a sound wall. I’ve done quite a bit of research lately on how to teach students fundamental reading skills. Sound walls seem to be where science is moving to.
As I make phonics and literacy routine part of the day, I want to make sure the tools in my classroom match up to what I am teaching my students. Having traditional alphabet posters didn’t quite fit my ideas around focusing on the sound letters make.
Over the school year, I changed up my sound wall to fit the needs of my students. I want to make sure I am using it in a way that helps them learn to read and write, so it has to be responsive to their learning. I’ve created this sound wall set with that in mind: there are different sizes and variations that will allow you to make it fit your students’ needs.
Using these alphabet posters can be a great way to anchor the learning happening during your phonics routine. I use the same pictures in a phonics slide deck and posters to help my students develop a deep understanding.
I want to ensure that I am displaying these posters at the eye level of my students. If they are too high, they might not be able to see them.
Sound Wall Headers
The word wall that I have traditionally used just had the letters, but I want to upgrade it this year to reflect letter sounds. I use it with my writing table and mount it on velcro or magnets so that students can use it to support their writing.
Wall space is at a premium in my classroom, so these smaller header cards are a must for ensuring that I can get it all to fit.
The full-page posters can be printed 4 to a page and put on a ring to make them portable. This way, you can use them to reinforce phonics skills in small groups as well.
I love re-using these kinds of cards for setting up provocations and literacy centres as well! The more uses I can find for them, the better!
Do you have a sound wall in your classroom? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments!