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4.07.2009

Early Learning Activity: Begining Letter Sounds and Vocabulary

I have talked before about the importance of literacy and using a wide variety of activities to pave the pathway for a child to learn to read. One of those activities (Thanks to my subscription to the Malbox Magazine and it's online toolbox), is teaching children beginning letter sounds and vocabulary through classification. You can teach them that bike starts with "b" by using vocabulary picture cards and having them match the picture to the corresponding letter. So, to make this activity at home, start with two letters of your choice and a stack of picture cards. YOur child will then seperate the picture cards by what beiginning sound each picture makes (In other words, bird starts with B and house starts with H). Having the picture cards is also a way to promote vocabulary!



And I wanted to also share with you that I have begun to store all of my paper activities in colored pocket folders to 1)make them easy to find and 2) easy to use! However, you will note, in a classic "mommy brain" moment the folder tag read "phonetic awards". It should read phomeic awareness!!

UPDATE: After some thought, I just wanted to encourage you and say that you don't have to have the Mailbox Magazine to do this project. You can type the letters out on the computer and using pictures from magazines or clip art to make your very own activity!

9 comments:

  1. What a great idea! This looks like so much fun! It reminds me of some puzzles my boys had when they were younger. Similar concept, but your idea is way cuter!

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  2. very timely post. just was trying to go over what things start with as we were shoppng this morning, this idea could really help!! like your storage idea too

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  3. I LOVE this idea! Do you have a link for the Mailbox Magazine? Thanks!

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  4. Oh, great activity!! My son who is 2 1/2 already knows his letters & sounds. I've been trying to think of ways to expand on that... This is perfect!

    Now I'll start the task of finding clipart. Got any sites you recommend?

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  5. great ideas, we are working wiht my four year old on letters and sounds, so this would be fun to do with him

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  6. I LOVE the Mailbox magazine!! There always have really great ideas. I don't remember seeing this one. Thanks for pointing it out.

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  7. We are working on beginning sounds and I love this activity! I miss reading Mailbox at my old school. I hadn't thought of subscribing myself. I need to do that! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Is it just B and H? Shouldn't I make this for all the letters? crystalboom at hotmail dot com

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  9. alphabetasarus has flashcards that would be perfect for this too!

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