At Square Roots Preschool, we believe the best way to learn beginning letter sounds is with a hands-on AND ears-on approach! We have been recognizing and listening to letter sounds all year so it was time to put those skills to work with this fun activity. What is the sweetest sound to most kids ears? THEIR NAME!!! So why not start with the beginning letter of their name This is also a great activity for building vocabulary and early analytical thinking. With all kinds of pictures on the table, the children got to pick out the pictures that also started with the letter sound of their first name. I can’t even explain the look of pride when they found one!!!
Generally speaking, children learn to first sound out simple three letter words with one vowel. I love this hands-on activity to encourage sounding out words:)
Cut some regular sized sponges in half. Write one letter on each dry sponge piece with permanent marker. Spell simple words like, “dad, sad, mad, bad.” Have him try to sound out the words or repeat what you spell.
There are many variations to this activity depending on where your child’s development is. If your child is learning letter recognition, just work with him on identifying what the letters are while you say the words. He will be introduced to the concept that groups of letters are words. You can practice letter sound recognition for each letter before you sound out the words. Or have your child arrange letters and you sound out the combination, even if it is not a word.