Looking for a spring concepts of print activity? Try this one!
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I created these voice to print packs to help my preschooler get ready to read. While he knows all his letters and sounds, he needs a little work on concepts of print before he’s ready to begin our favorite preschool reading curriculum – or the sight word books I created to go alongside it.
When we did our first Voice to Print Pack, he really struggled. But now that we’ve done a few more sets, he’s doing very well. Now, instead of just just helping him match voice to print, I use these cards as a way to help him recognize a few basic sight words as well.
If you’ve seen my other sets (find links at the bottom of this post), you know that each Voice to Print Pack comes with a total of 40 cards. You’ll find ten different images, each on a set of four cards.
In this pack, each of the sets begins with the name of a spring animal or object.
The second card adds the word “the,” which is now a word that my Four loves to find everywhere… in books, on signs, and even in the newspaper.
The third card adds the word “yellow.” The second day I pulled out these cards, I hoped my Four would remember the word yellow. He didn’t, but that’s not a problem – it just means he isn’t developmentally ready to learn a lot of sight words. But your child may surprise you!
The last card of each set adds “Look at.” The challenge of the last card is for your child to say every word while not losing his place. Encourage your child to point to the dots as he “reads.” This will ensure that he is focusing on letters and words and not just reciting the pattern.
Another benefit to this activity is that it builds vocabulary. Even though I read to him a lot, my Four has always had a harder time remembering vocabulary than his older siblings. When we got to this card he didn’t know what the animal was.
“It’s a baby chicken,” I told him. “Do you know what that’s called?”
“No…. A chickling?”
It’s great to give kids practice with 3-syllable words, too. They need to understand that even though a word (such as umbrella) may be long, it’s still just one word.
When we read this one I asked my Four, “How did you know that said bee? How come it doesn’t say flower?”
“Because! It starts with a b. Flower starts with an f.”
This one really threw him for a loop. He just couldn’t get rain boots. He thought it was “water boots,” and he became frustrated as he tried to remember that it was two separate words.
All in all, though, he enjoys these – and I love what they are doing for him as a pre-reader!
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.
For even more fun learning concepts of print, check out this pack!
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