Today’s freebie is a wonderful way to help kids hear beginning, middle, and ending sounds. Try this missing letter activity!
Now that my son knows all his letter sounds (thanks to our letter of the week activities), we’re moving on to hearing those sounds in different parts of words.
A few weeks ago, we did this activity. He looked at the letter on the top of each card, said the picture’s name, and figured out whether that sound was at the beginning, middle, or end of the word.
Now I have a new set of clip cards to take that knowledge a bit further. This time, my son looked at the location of the missing letter and chose the correct letter from the choices on the bottom of the card.
You could use these cards as activity for early spellers, but that wasn’t my intent. My son isn’t spelling yet, beyond his name and a few words like the, cat, Mom and Dad.
Instead, we focused on stretching the words out and really listening for the missing sound.
I was pleasantly surprised at how well he did with these, but those short vowels give him trouble. I’ll have to pull out our “Clip the short vowel” cards.
Will you give these cards a try?
P.S. Want to know how to help kids sound out words?
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