Looking for an activity to help your child master letter sounds? Try this one!
Today I’m sharing another set of clip cards – this time, your child looks at the featured picture and clips the letter that begins its name.
This 52-card set comes with two cards for each letter. The green set is the simpler set. That’s because the letter sound choices are quite different from each other. Check out the sample above. The /p/ sound is made with the lips, the /m/ sound is made by keeping the lips together, and the /k/ sound is made at the back of the throat.
This card is part of the more challenging set. Whenever possible, I included two letters whose sounds are made in the same part of the mouth. In this case, /k/ and /g/ are both made in the back of the throat.
I used these clip cards with my Three, who is learning the alphabet and letter sounds through daily hands-on activities. While my older children would have had zero trouble with this at 3 1/2, my little guy is still working to identify the beginning sound of a word. Because of that, I gave him a lot of support for each card.
Before we started, we divided the cards into red and green and did just the simpler set. I also kept the vowels out, as he doesn’t know their sounds yet.
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Note: Whenever you see a letter in brackets (such as /k/), I am saying the letter’s sound and not its name.
“What’s this picture?”
“That’s right. Let’s look at the sounds. What does a “c” say?”
“I don’t know.” (Often he remembered, but for the sake of this example we’ll pretend he didn’t.)
“/k/! Does penguin start with /k/?”
“/k/, /k/, penguin. No!”
“That’s right. How about the letter g? Let’s try it. /g/, /g/, genguin. Does that sound right?”
“What sound does p make?”
“/p/. /p/, /p/, penguin. Yeah!”
He didn’t always have the correct answers, but by doing this activity together he’s learning how to hear the phonemes (individual sounds) in words. Such an important pre-reading skill!
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