Published on February 15, 2014
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Phonics refers to a system of rules used to sound out and read unknown words. As children prepare to become readers, they will learn and use the relationship between sounds and letters to read. For children to use this relationship, they need to recognize upper-andlower case letters and to match sounds heard with the letters that represent them. The activities in this slideshow demonstrate beginning activities to support your child’s reading readiness.
Phonic skills refer to the ability to match the sounds heard with the letters they represent to make words.
Letter Recognition As your child becomes familiar with reciting the alphabet, have him/her practice letter recognition. Begin the activity by choosing 2 letters that are visually very different such as the letters t and s. Next, draw two circles on a white board. Write a letter above each circle. Provide several of the chosen letters for your child to sort. Scatter the letters below the circles. Have your child say both letter names (t and s). Next, have him/her sort the scattered letter tiles and magnetic letters into the appropriate circles. To increase difficulty extend the lesson to include three or four letters and time your child.
Materials Needed Select visually different letters to sort. Use a magnetic white board or a self-made mat to draw circles. The number of circles represent the number of letters to be sorted. Begin with 2 letters and increase in difficulty eventually using 3 or more letters. Use a timer for added difficulty
t Sorting Mat s
Sound-Letter Match /a/ /b/ /c/ To read, children need to match sounds to letters. To build sound letter match, have your child sort letters according to the sounds you say. Begin with two different sounding letters such as /s/ and /t/ and then /d/ and /h/. Provide pictures or items for support. In this example shapes are used to provide support: star for /s/ triangle for /t/ diamond for /d/ heart for /h/
Sound-Letter Match If your child needs support ask, “What is the sound of this letter? What shape begins with that sound?” s t d h
Phonics: Sound Letter Match Sorting Board
Sound Letter Match Cards s t s h d d s t d t h s s t s h t h d t d s d h d h t s t h t t h h s
Sound-Letter First Grade Expectation Given a set of letters, your child should produce each associated sound within one second. Automatic recognition activity Time your child as he/she produces the associated sound of each letter in random order. Put the cards said correctly in one stack, and those said incorrectly in a separate stack. Alphabet cards can be purchased or made. use both lower case and upper case letters
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