This week we are exploring family as part of the collaborative effort of our Early Childhood Education Team. All year we are diving into early childhood themes. Each week, I’m sharing a phonological awareness or phonics activity. Today, I have a phonemic awareness activity that can also be extended into a phonics lesson to work on beginning sounds.
Beginning Sounds Book
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Why We Chose This Activity
Family is the most important thing to little ones. My kids love to look through our family albums and remember all of the special times we have shared.
I decided to take some of our family photos and use them to help us learn about beginning sounds!
Materials: a photograph of each person in your family, colored construction paper (one piece for each member of the family plus one piece for the cover),masking tape, old magazines, glue sticks, scissors
Gather all of the supplies on your work table and you are ready to go.
Time to Play and Learn
This activity can be done in several sessions depending on your child’s readiness level.
SESSION 1: Phonemic Awareness Activity
Have your child glue a picture of himself/herself on a piece of construction paper.
Ask your child, “What sound do you hear at the beginning of _____(insert child’s name)?” Let’s look for pictures in the magazines that begin with the same sound we hear at the beginning of your name.
As pictures are found, have your child cut them out and glue them on the page.
You may choose to stop here for the day or continue on with a photograph of another family member. If you don’t want to extend the session, you can now assemble the pages into a book. We like to use a masking tape binding because the pages will lay flat when you look through the book.
SESSION 2: Phonics Activity
Revisit each page in the book and talk about what letter represents the beginning sound for each name. Have your child revisit the magazines, find and cut out each letter to glue to the appropriate page. See how many different fonts your child can find for each letter.
SESSION 3: Name Activity
At this point your child can find the other letters in his/her name and glue them down to the page. Or, your child could write the name on the sheet. Again, you know best what your child is ready to do. I just wanted to provide you options and extensions.
Enjoy exploring beginning sounds with your child and building phonological skills! Your child is preparing to read.
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