Today I’m sharing another free printable that works wonderfully for teaching concepts of print. It’s all about toys!
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How to prepare the activity
- Print the cards in the download at the end of this post.
- Laminate (if desired) and cut apart the cards. We love this home laminator because it gives a nice thick seal, and the cards don’t peel on the edges.
- Punch a hole in the corner of each card and bind them together with a metal ring.
Introducing the pack
I began my showing my Three the words that would be in the cards. He knew “I” and “a” right away. He was able to find the other two words when I asked him to find them. He used the beginning sound as a clue.
“Can you find have?”
“Hhhhave. This one.”
Reading the cards
The first card of each set (you’ll find ten different toys in the packet) just asks your child to name the picture. Confidence building is important! The dot helps your child see that the single word of print equals one word that he speaks from his mouth. That’s why this is sometimes called voice to print matching.
My Three had no trouble with the first card in the set.
I like to make the second card very easy, too. Since my Three knows the letter “a,” he could easily read the second card in each set.
The third card typically introduces a new sight word. If your child isn’t ready for sight words yet (mine isn’t), treat this as an opportunity to memorize the pattern of the sentences and to recognize that when he points to “new,” it should start with an n.
My Three has made so much progress with concepts of print that he doesn’t need to point to each word for every card. However, he did do that for the final card of the set. It was easy to get sidetracked with so many words in the sentence.
This one tripped him up a little bit. He wanted to say “a new teddy bear,” since there were three words. But when he got to “teddy,” he stopped. He recognized that it couldn’t say “new” because it started with a “t.”
This is fabulous!
Why this is an important activity
Don’t let anyone tell you that these types of activities are teaching kids to guess at reading or that they are a waste of time – or, worse, that you’re not giving enough attention to phonics.
This activity is teaching phonics! It’s teaching attention to beginning sounds, which is what kids need to do before they’re ready to sound out words (which is quite a difficult skill).
Plus, it’s teaching pre-reading skills such as:
- Each word I say is a word on the page.
- I read from left to right.
- I can track the words by pointing to them.
Ways to extend the activity
- Have your child point to a word on a card (in the above picture I asked him to show me have).
- Mix up the cards. Instead of having all the cards of a set together, spread them out. Your child will need to think more about the words on the page instead of reciting predictable text.
- Take the cards off the ring and spread out a small number of cards on the table. Read one and ask your child to find the one you read.
- When your child is confident, have him read the ring of cards to another parent, teacher, or friend.
Have you seen the rest of our free printables?
Have you seen this pack? Talk about a great way to teach concepts of print!
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