Looking for beginning sounds worksheets? We’ve got a set of 26!
Are you looking looking for a hands-on way to learn about the alphabet?
Soon I’ll be embarking on an alphabet exploration with my Two (almost three). Since he’s not ready for traditional worksheets, I knew that these reusable hands-on activity sheets were the way to go!
In the download, you’ll get one page for every letter of the alphabet. Each page focuses on a single sound, even for letters which have two sounds (a, e, i, o, u, g, and c) . By naming the big picture at the bottom right, your child will be able to figure out the sound of the focus letter. (“/a/ /a/ Alligator.”)
I brought out the letter J page to try with my two-year-old (his birthday’s next month). We began with J because it’s the first letter of his name. He doesn’t recognize most of the alphabet, but he’s excited whenever he finds a J: “J is my letter!”
I wasn’t sure what to expect, because we haven’t done a lot of focused learning yet. As it turned out, he was in no way ready for these! I named each picture, slowly emphasizing the beginning sound, and comparing it to the /j/ sound.
“Look at the first picture. Envelope. /eh/, /eh/, envelope.” Do you hear a “j” sound?”
Even after working through the whole page, tt was clear that he wasn’t grasping the concept of “beginning sounds.” However, he loved naming the pictures after I did and covering them with the poker chips.
All this means is that he’s not developmentally ready for figuring out a word’s beginning sound. No matter! We’ll be learning about the alphabet at an appropriate pace beginning in January. It will all come together in time!
How can you use these?
- As a together time activity for your young child who is just starting to learn letters and sounds (that’s what we’ll be doing!)
- As a review for an older preschooler or kindergartner who has a good grasp of the alphabet
How should you store these?
I left enough space at the top for you to hole punch them and put them in a binder. If you print on cardstock, they’ll be nice and sturdy. No need to laminate unless you expect to get a lot of use out of them… if you’ll be using these beginning sounds worksheets in the classroom, laminating is a great idea!
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