It’s time for another voice to print pack!
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I’m getting ready to start our favorite preschool reading curriculum with my Four. But before we do that, I want to make sure he’s truly ready to read. And one thing to check off our list is concepts of print.
Have you heard of “voice to print matching”? It’s one concept of print that children need before they’re ready to read.
When children recognize that each word they see on paper matches one word they speak, they have mastered “voice to print.” This may sound simple, but voice to print matching isn’t easy for every child. It can be especially tricky when you throw in words that are more than one syllable. Is each syllable a word? Where does one word end and the other one begin?
I’ve created these voice to print packs to help children master voice to print matching. I’ve heard from a number of kindergarten teachers whose students love them.
And why not? They’re colorful, interesting, and (most importantly!) confidence-building.
When you print, laminate, and assemble this set of cards on a metal ring, your child or students will have the chance to practice voice to print matching – all while identifying fruit and (perhaps) learning a few sight words along the way.
I had planned to sit down with my Four and do these together, but he saw them sitting on my desk and decided to do them himself. I grabbed my camera!
The first word of each set is simple: identify the fruit. The first letter of the word helps with word identification. If your child mislabels the fruit (for example, saying the word “apple” on this card), point out the first letter.
“What letter does the word start with? What sound does it make? What do you think the name of the fruit could be?”
We’ve done enough voice to print packs and pocket chart sentences that my Four knows the word “the.” So this card was an easy one.
If your child is new to this sort of activity, he will eventually remember the pattern. ‘The strawberry. The peach. The grapes.”
And if he’s developmentally ready, he’ll recognize the word “the” even after the activity is done.
The next card in each set adds the word “tasty.” My son stopped at this one. “What is this word?” After I told him, he remembered it for the remainder of the cards.
I also helped my son read the word “like.”
When your child points to the dots under each word and finishes the predictable pattern with his finger on the last word, he’s read it correctly. If your child gets to the last dot and the sentence isn’t complete (or is already over), he needs to go back and try again.
Can he match his voice to each word on the card?
How to assemble the printable
- Print the pages on cardstock (I buy this kind)
- Laminate (this is our favorite home laminator!)
- Cut apart on the solid black lines.
- Bind the cards with a metal ring.
Ways to use the pack
- Put the cards in the order that you see above.
- Mix up the cards so that the fruits are mixed up, but each pattern is together. Apple. Strawberry. Peach. Blueberries, etc. Then: The apple. The strawberries. The peach. The blueberries, etc.
- Put the cards in random order. After your child has mastered the patterns, he might enjoy the challenge.
Have you seen our nursery rhyme Concepts of Print Pack?
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