As part of your Key Foundations by Hatch™ curriculum kit, interactive cards are utilized throughout lessons and games to enhance the following:
- Background knowledge
- Phonological and phonemic awareness
- Oral language skills
- Cognitive skills
The set comprises 156 picture cards (six cards per letter), each measuring approximately 4 inches by 6 inches. One side features a picture, while the reverse side includes embedded oral language and phonological awareness activities, including the following:
- Clues and support for the Guessing Game in Lesson 3
- Brief activities targeting phonological awareness skills, such as segmenting syllables and rhyming
- A sound-to-letter activity aiding children in isolating the focus sound and establishing sound–letter connections
These cards play a central role in various lessons and games, fostering the development of vocabulary, background knowledge, oral language skills, and phonological and phonemic awareness.
There are 16 cue cards, larger in size than the picture cards (measuring approximately 6 inches by 8 inches), featuring pictures and simple text on the child-facing side, with activities on the reverse side. These cue cards complement the picture cards, providing scaffolding for oral language development and the cultivation of background knowledge, language organization skills, and other essential cognitive skills.
For instance, one cue card about nonliving things might ask, "What color is it?" Other cards include prompts like "What shape is it?" or "What size is it?" On the reverse side of each cue card, built-in activities encompass the following:
- Scaffolded language to assist children in describing living and nonliving things by color, size, shape, and so forth and in asking and answering questions
- Prompts extending vocabulary to related words, such as other color words
- Making connections with the picture cards, involving the selection of cards depicting nonliving things and prompting children with the question, "What color is it?"
- A categorizing activity expanding knowledge beyond the objects displayed on the cue cards and picture cards