Today is Day 5 of our 30 Days of Reading Fun for Beginning Readers series. On Thursdays during this series we will be focusing on phonics (one of the five elements of well-balanced reading instruction). Whereas phonemic awareness concentrates on the sounds (phonemes) used to form spoken words, phonics instruction associates sounds to written symbols (i.e. the alphabet).
Beginning Sound Match
This Beginning Sound Match activity could not be easier! I found this alphabet border in the Target Dollar Spot a few weeks ago but you can just as easily write the alphabet out on a piece of paper.
Then take a bag of random toys (ours are plastic figurines I bought at a garage sale) and have your child identify the beginning sound (also known as the onset) in each toy and then match it to the appropriate letter!
We didn’t have an object for every letter…and some letters had more than one object to associate. But that’s okay! Keep it fun and play-based and your child will enjoy this matching game.
And if your child is anything like mine, he/she will quickly detour into a make believe world with all of the animals. Yay for creative play! :)