In the Word Families module, your child learned to synthesize beginning sounds and word stems to make words. In this module, your child will start analyzing one-syllable words by identifying, “chopping off,” and isolating their initial phonemes (sounds).
Here are a few things parents and teachers must do before teaching this section (and the following sections) to their children or students:
- Be sure that you are pronouncing the individual sounds (phonemes) correctly. Start with the consonant sounds, because that’s what you’ll use in the Beginning Sounds activities.
- Use the right child-appropriate terminology. When teaching children, explain that lower-case letters are “the pictures of what the sounds of the alphabet look like when we write them or see them printed in a book.”
- Always have a copy of the written sound (the lower-case letter) for the beginning (onset) of the word in front of the child while doing these activities. For example, you will put out a d card when playing a game that focuses on the word duck. This will draw the child’s attention to the written sound while you pronounce it in the word.
3. Beginning Sounds Activities
- G1: First Things First – Identify and practice listening to the beginning sound in one-syllable words, focusing on one sound (phoneme) at a time.
- G2: Picture Piles – Sort picture cards into piles by their beginning sounds. Now that your child has learned some of the starting sounds, she will practice differentiating between multiple beginning sounds.
- G3: Mark the Misfit – Look at five pictures and pick out the one that begins with a different sound.
- G4: Find the Hidden Word – Remove the first sound from a word to find the “hidden” word that remains, with picture cards as clues.
- G5: Say the Hidden Word – Remove the first sound from a word to find the “hidden” word that remains, but with no picture clues.
- G6: Sound Chop Bingo – Use the game of Bingo to identify the beginning sound that has been “chopped” off of a word.