We only use real Oreos about once every couple weeks (often when we introduce new words). On the other days, we practice with our hands (we don't lick our hands - we just wave them in front of our mouth!).
It is amazing how quickly the kids learn the words this way. However, what makes Oreo Words SO cool is that the kids find them everywhere. They find them in our Morning Message and on bulletin boards and in books and on signs and .…They LOVE finding Oreo Words! I make a big deal when they point out Oreo Words and the kids' parents naturally get excited when the kids point out Oreo Words. It's hard not to be happy when your 4 or 5 year old child is so delighted to find "m-e, me" in ACME Market.
After we have been doing our Oreo Words for a few weeks (for just a minute or two a day) I bring out the Melissa and Doug hangman game.
I introduce the game to the whole class and then put it out for free play. I have the child who will be thinking of a word move away from the kids they are playing with and write the Oreo Word they are thinking of on a small post-it that they put on the back of the board. They then draw 2 lines on the bottom and then the others guess letters. The kids love playing this game and it is great because they are getting writing practice (writing the word on a post-it), fine motor skill practice (turning the letters and body parts), taking turns and following rules practice and great reasoning skills practice (some have already figured out which vowels are most likely to be used). I love that all these complex skills can be practiced without adult supervision and that the kids get so much pleasure out of playing the game.
|writing an Oreo Word on a post-it|
I love Oreo Words even thought I don't think that it is appropriate to push young children to read. As I told our parents in a newsletter:
What I love about Oreo words is they give kids a great deal of confidence to explore text and words. Please congratulate your child when they notice Oreo words, either alone or in bigger words. Of course, Oreo words, like all learning in Pre-K, should be fun so please let the kids introduce them to you.