Today I’m sharing a giant collection of beginning sound match mats! Get all 25 sets of picture mats and letter cards in one download. What a hands-on way to practice letters and sounds!
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If you’ve got a little one who’s working at learning letter sounds, this activity is for you!
I’ve created a total of 25 picture mats with matching letter cards. Each set builds on the previous one, so that as your child works through the entire set he will gain a strong foundation.
Free picture mats for learning letters and sounds
Here’s the first mat. It begins with just two letters: t and f. Your child will start simple by distinguishing between only two letter sounds.
With each mat, more letters are introduced until your child sees a maximum of five beginning sounds per mat. You’ll notice that each of the first letters listed on each mat have just one matching picture. That’s because these letters have already received attention on previous mats.
The final letter of a mat (in the above example, letter u) is new to that mat; it will always have three pictures.
1. To prepare each mat, simply print the colorful mat and letter cards on card stock. I like to laminate the mats and attach clear Velcro dots. This will take some time, but you will have a lasting resource perfect for review in the classroom, at home, or for private tutoring sessions. Plus, by punching holes in the mats and sticking them in a binder, you’ve got a great way to keep everything together.
2. Want to make the mats fun but less expensive than using Velcro dots? You can laminate the mats and cards and put a little sticky tack on the back of each picture card.
3. Need a “quick, I need these now” option? Just print the mats and cards on card stock. Cut apart the letter cards for each mat. Store them in a labeled plastic baggie and attach each bag to the proper mat with a paper clip.
Ways to use these mats
1. I use these mats alongside the wonderful Reading the Alphabet curriculum from This Reading Mama. The mats introduce the letters in the same order that they appear in Reading the Alphabet.
Reading the Alphabet is a beginning reading curriculum designed for preschoolers. It’s hands-on, age appropriate, and just plain fun! Best part? You can get each lesson free. (If you don’t want to download each piece, $10 will get you the entire curriculum, plus extras, in just a few easy downloads.)
2. Even if you’re not using Reading the Alphabet, your little one can do a few mats at a time at the kitchen table. If your child is just starting to learn letter sounds, make sure he’s proficient at the first mat before moving on. You may find your child breezes through the mats – or it may take several months before he’s ready for the last one.
Take it at your child’s pace.
3. These mats would work well for remedial work. If you’re a teacher, feel free to print a mat and its pieces to send home for review. Or give the materials to a reading tutor or parent volunteer to give a struggling student some extra practice.
Previously, I’ve shared the mats in groups of five – and each mat required a separate download.
Now I have all 25 mats in a single download! Yay!
Plus… page 2 of the download is a key with the names of all the pictures. How useful!
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