Learning letters and sounds needs a lot of time to go to long term memory! So play some games and just keep practicing! Yes, you can play games in school! Call them educational games if you need to explain yourself.
How do you play?
- Chose a letter card and tell the picture (cat).
- Say the beginning sound in cat /k/.
- Then find the letter to color that matched the sound on the bubble gum boards. If it was on the board, the letter name was said, “c.” (Be sure to emphasize the difference between a letter name and the sound it makes!)
- If all bubble gum circles are colored, yell, “Bubble Gum!”
How to stretch?
After marking the letter….if the word had 4 or less sounds, stretch the word to work on phonemic awareness, the best indicator of reading success.
You could also add rhyming by having each child say a rhyming word to match the card chosen. Check out 5 Fabulous Rhyming Videos for more rhyming fun.
Say: cat…then they say hat, rat, fat, bat and even encourage “silly” words!