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I have mentioned lots of times that we love the Bob Books for reading. They are a fun little easy-reader set that my kids really enjoy. Recently as we were reading them we extended our lessons just a little bit and pulled out our letter tiles. My daughter enjoyed this a lot. A simple way to make the activity more exciting, give some variety, and make it more hands-on.
Let them spell out the words they are sounding out. They will have a lot of fun with it! This also involves more senses making it easier for them to remember what they are learning.