Friday, February 4, 2011

Tap Light Segmenting

Several people have asked me about the use of the tap lights in the picture above. This idea was not mine. Unforunately, I don't remember who I learned it from, but I remember it was a Kdg. conference in St. Louis earlier this year and it was put on be the Bureau of Education and Research (BER) in case anyone else remembers.

The idea is to have 2-4 tap lights out. I have picture cards that I keep with them. I have just been using black and white pictures copied and laminated from the book Letter of the Week. It has great picture cards for each letter of the alphabet. The child takes a card and then taps a light on for each segment they hear in a word. Then, they have to tap the lights off to begin the next word. For example, rock would be be 3 taps (1 tap per light /r/ /o/ /k/).

The lights were 4 for $3.96 at Wal-Mart. I think they take AA batteries, but I can't remember how many.


  1. Barbara, Reading SpecialistNovember 12, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Love this idea also for the SpEd population and our struggling readers! Thanks for the info!

  2. WOW! I love the tap light idea. I'm going to Wal-Mart to get some this week.