Learning to read starts with understanding that we have an alphabet and that it's the sounds those letters make that turn sounds into words.
One of the first skills a child needs in making this transition is to be able to hear and say the beginning sound of a word. It's often discovering that they can do this that opens the possibility of reading and writing to young children.
Phonics - Beginning SoundsHere's what you'll need:
- Download a copy of these beginning sounds animal clip it cards BELOW.
- Copy paper or card
- Small pegs, paperclips or small objects for marking their choice
Here's what to do:
- Print off the clip it cards and cut to separate
- Us a laminator them if you'd like them to last longer
- Look at the pictures with your child, asking them to name the animals and maybe talk about their sizes, where they like to live, what they like to eat etc...
- Ask them to say the name of the animal out loud and concentrate on the first sound. Can they stretch it out and separate it from the rest of the word? Can they say what letter that sound belongs to?
- Ask them to say the 3 different sounds that are under the picture and decide which one matches the picture.
- Then they can clip a peg to that sound, or slip a paperclip onto it, or pop a small object on top to mark it.
Free matching animal homes clip it cardsClick HERE to find the free matching cards for where these animals live.
Looking for more free sound activities?
- Transportation Beginning Sound Clip It Cards
- Find and Trace the Alphabet
- Find and Trace Capital Letters
- Candyland Sight Word Game
- Alphabet Book, Cut & Paste with writing practice
- Phonics Coloring Sheets
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