Growing Book by Book is the inspiration behind this week’s Share It Saturday features. I’m enamored with her Beginning Sounds Pancakes, so I thought I’d gather some more ideas that help teach beginning sounds and get children excited for learning about letters.
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Being able to tell sounds apart in oral language is referred to as sound discrimination. Hearing the first sound in words is one aspect of sound discrimination, and it’s an important early literacy skill for children. It helps them to pay attention to the sounds they hear, and it aids them in learning letter sounds down the road.
One easy way I integrate this into my preschool classroom is when I’m calling the kids for activities. For example, when I want the children to line up to go outside, I might say, “If your name starts like ‘house’, you can get in line. What sound’s at the beginning of ‘house’? Yes! It’s /h/.” Then the children help me determine who can get into line! It’s super simple, but the kiddos usually enjoy it.
Most of the ideas below share ways to link beginning sounds to letters. So they’re ways to take sound discrimination to the next step by linking oral language to written language.
beginning sounds games and activities
Beginning sounds pancakes | Growing Book by Book
Beginning sounds treasure hunt | Toddler Approved
Active activities for practicing beginning word sounds | Frugal Fun for Boys
Ooey-Gooey beginning sound scavenger hunt | Playdough to Plato
Sorting coins with beginning letter sounds | Buggy and Buddy
Beginning sounds sticks | Pre-K Pages
Alphabet scavenger hunt with beginning sounds | This Reading Mama
Beginning letter sounds clip cards | The Measured Mom
Farm animals beginning sounds game | Mom Inspired Life
Beginning sound letter hunt | I Can Teach My Child
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