My family and I had the pleasure of reviewing Can Do Cubes by jollyliteracy.com. Earlier in the week we also had the pleasure of reviewing their phonics and grammar programs called Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar. You can find the review here.
In the package from jollyliteracy.com (just2ducks LLC) we received the Can Do Cubes, Teacher’s Guide and Template Book on CD, ‘Teaching, learning and ‘sounding out’ with Debbie Hepplewhite on DVD, Debbie Hepplewhite’s simple and complex alphabetic codes overview chart, At-a-glance Word Charts, and two spiral books by Debbie Hepplewhite.
The Can Do Cubes are wood blocks that have different letter sounds on every side of the block. Can Do Cubes can be used with Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar, used as a supplement with any reading or spelling curriculum, or be used on their own. They can be used in a home, school, or therapy setting. Peanut and I used them when doing lessons from Jolly Phonics Student Book 1. We practiced the letter sounds and worked on blending using the cubes. The picture below is Peanut using the cubes when working on blending the sounds of s, i, and t together to form the word sit.
In the box that everything comes in the cubes are stored on two trays (Stage One and Stage Two). They are organized by sounds that you are working on. If the blocks get mixed up you can quickly return them to the correct tray in the box. It is a bit snug when everything is in the box however if you store the DVD, CD, and other extras outside of the box, it is a perfect size for the two trays of Can Do Cubes.
The Teacher’s Guide along with the student pages are available on CD. There are four workbooks with teacher information as well as student pages. I love being able to print off pages, especially student pages, as I need them. If you are like me and like having print copies of teacher’s manuals/guides it is easy enough to print and bind the guide.
‘Teaching, learning and ‘sounding out’ with Debbie Hepplewhite on DVD has six videos as well as extras available on the disc.
The six videos on the DVD are:
- An Introduction to Can Do Education Limited and CDE Can Do Cubes for English Grammar
- Teaching with Can Do Cubes: a demonstration from Debbie and Freddie
- Debbie Hepplewhite ‘Sounds Out’ The Simple Alphabetic Code
- An Introduction to Synthetic Phonics by Debbie Hepplewhite
- Debbie Hepplewhite’s Synthetic Phonics for Can Do Cubes Teaching and Learning 1 (and Stage One – the simple Alphabetic Code)
- Debbie Hepplewhite’s Synthetic Phonics for Can Do Cubes Teaching and Learning 2 (and Stage Two – the complex Alphabetic Code)
The extras include PDF copies of all booklets mentioned and they are:
- Can Do Grammar for Schools Booklet (UK Schools)
- Can Do Grammar Guide Booklet
- Synthetic Phonics Booklet
- Synthetic Phonics Charts
The Debbie Hepplewhite’s simple and complex alphabetic codes overview chart and At-a-glance Word Charts are poster sized charts. They are printed on quality paper. While having the charts included in my set are nice to have available, I do not have the wall space to hang them. Being able to print the At-a-glance Word Chart from a PDF file that is included on the DVD allows me to print them on standard size printer paper and laminate for durability. I can keep them readily available in a folder for my children and not try to find space to hang them in the house.
The two spiral books in the Can Do Cubes box are ‘Can Do Cubes for Systematic Synthetic Phonics’ by Debbie Hepplewhite. The first book is ‘Home Edition – Stage One: the simple alphabetic code’ and the second books is ‘STAGE TWO Enjoying synthetic phonics: a multisensory approach’. Both books contain information on how to teach using synthetic phonics and some activity suggestions to do with children.
As a mom I love the versatility of the Can Do Cubes and the fact that I am not limited to using them one way or with one program. We can continuing using them whether we are using them with a program or by themselves! These cubes will be put to great use over the next few years as I have 5 kids from an emerging reader all the way down to an almost three year old!
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