Monday, February 28, 2011
letter sounds game
Usually this game is best played by two or three children at a time who have similar phonological abilities. I start by saying "lets play a game. I wonder if we can work together to figure out what letter these things start with?" The children go one at a time: each child picks a picture, says what it is, and puts it on the letter they think that word begins with. If they pick the "leaf" picture and put it on a paper like "g" I say what the word would be if it started with g - "geaf," h- "heaf," etc, until they find the right one. Most children at this point know what letter these things start with at least 75% of the time, but will intentionally put it on the correct letter last so that they can hear all the sounds- they think the wrong words are funny. Within a few turns they will start saying what the word would be along with me "galloon," "halloon," "lalloon," and so on. This gives them an environment to play and experiment with letters without worrying about being "wrong," but at the same time reviews/teaches letter sounds.