Place inside an envelope with one end cut off. Gradually pull to reveal one letter at a time. This is a great way to help kids blend sounds gradually rather than feeling overwhelmed and giving up or guessing the word.
To go along with our apple unit study I put together a word family apple tree activity to help him as he is learning to read. Kindergarten Apple Unit Study J-Bug has been learning to read, and I've noticed that he does really well with word families.
Shake of the Day: CVC; shake all vowels; shake 2 words that rhyme; shake a picture and the letter of the beginning sound of that picture; Addition or Subtraction; 3 numbers in a row-example 3 dots / 3 / three