Thursday, August 25, 2016 - Can Do Cubes Review

Earlier in the week, we posted a review for the Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar programs from  We also had the opportunity to use the Can Do Cubes from and  just2ducks LLC.

Can Do Cubes for Synthetic Phonics is a set of wooden phonics blocks that can be used alongside the Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar programs or any other phonics program that you may be using.  They are specifically packaged for you to use alongside a synthetic phonics program.  Synthetic phonics is when your teach a small groups of sounds in specific orders.  Each set builds upon itself allowing children to create words.

The Can Do Cubes Complete set contains everything you need to teach Synthetic Phonics to your student:

  • Stage One and Stage Two books on how to create the spelling variations of over 200+ sounds that make up the English language.
  • Student tray containing Stage One, laser-engraved cubes (27 cubes)
  • Student tray containing Stage Two, laser-engraved cubes (30 cubes)
  • Instruction/activity book for Stage One
  • Instruction/activity book for Stage Two
  • DVD With Interactive Demonstration of Sounding Out of Letter/Sounds Presented by Debbie Hepplewhite, who is a synthetic phonics consultant
  • At-a-Glance word chart
  • Synthetic Phonics Overview Chart
  • CD with Laurie Fyke's Teacher's Guide and Template Book for Stage One

The Can Do Cubes can be used for very young students through elementary age.  They are durable and the laser-engraving which means that the lettering will not wear off when used with one student.  They can be used by several children.

The special packaging put the cubes in stage order as you teach sounds to your children.

We printed the Can Do Cubes workbook to practice our phonics sounds.  Caty really enjoyed matching up the sounds with her pages.  The pages were well laid out and allowed us to review all the sounds in stages.

This was a great spelling review.  The cube worksheets allowed her to visually see the separate sounds that make up the words.

I really like that blends shared a single block.  It again helped her to see that the letters worked together to make the sound.

The Can Do Cubes are a great visual addition to your phonics program, whether you are using Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar or your choice of programs.  They provide a multi-sensory approach to both your phonics and spelling curriculum.

The instruction booklets included in the complete package are a great help to furthering your student's progress.   Broken into two stages, they suggest extra ideas to make an early impact on your child's reading progress from an early age.  It explains how to teach synthetic phonics and spelling.  Stage Two booklet continues with more advanced blend sounds.

There is a disk included that gives you three PDF booklets that you can easily print off from the first introduction of sounds through the spelling of words.  It also includes teacher instructions to help you out as you are teaching the lessons.

The wall chart is helpful if you have room to hang it up.  It's mainly for you as the parent though to plan out as you are teaching the sounds.  It is a great quick reference to see where you are at in the program.

Caty has enjoyed using the Can Do Cube during her lessons.  They have been a great visual addition to her learning.  Of course it helps that when we are done she can build a tower.

Several members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew were given the opportunity to try out Can Do Cubes.  Take some time for visit their blogs and see how they used them in their homes and how they worked for them.

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