Have you read my post Phonics Photo Cards And how To Use Them? In that post I give an introduction to the use of photo cards in you phonics instruction. I love using phonics photo cards because it is the next best thing to tangible objects, like these Alphabet Sounds Teaching Tubs. A friend of mine handed this set down to me and my preschoolers love them! I recently wrote another post, siting another way to use phonics photo cards: Initial Sound Picture Sort. Today I want to share with you yet another activity to reinforce your child’s phonics skills using phonics photo cards: initial sound picture-letter matching.
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***Note: I made my own cards but you can try out some of these sets.
To do an initial sound picture-letter match you will need a set of phonics photo cards with several different cards for each sound, and a set of letters to represent each initial sound. You will need a letter card for each phonic photo card. It took me about ten minutes to make my own set of letter cards.
Select a few letters/sounds you’d like your child to focus on. In the picture above I selected letters Dd, Rr, and Cc. Lay the phonics photo cards out and invite your child to review the name (picture) and initial sound of each card. Your dialogue may sound something like this:Me: William, can you name these cards? William: Deer, car, cat, rhino… Me: Good. Can you tell me the beginning sound of each card? For example, at the beginning of the word deer I hear /d,d,d/. William: Car, /c,c,c/. Cat /c,c,c/. Rhino, /r,r,r/… Me: Well done. Now, I have letters that match the beginning sound of each of these cards. Can you match the letter with the first sound you hear in each card name? William takes the cards from me and begins to distribute them among the phonics photo cards.
I like to simply let William distribute the cards and I typically don’t immediately correct mistakes if he matches the wrong letter with the a card. Usually, he will figure it out on his own, which is much more valuable than me correcting him. If he gets stuck and places the wrong letter card with eh wrong photo card, I will do a little troubleshooting:Me: William, what is the name of this card? William: Dancer. Me: What sound do you hear at the beginning of dancer? William: /d,d,d/. Me: What letter card did you place with dancer? William: C. Me: What sound does letter c make? William: /c,c,c/. Me: Is that same sound you hear at the beginning of /d,d,d/ dancer? William: No. Me: What letter card should go with dancer? William: D.
Throughout the year, I do several initial sound picture matching activities with my preschoolers. It reinforces the phonics concepts they are learning in a more hands-on way, not to mention helps them master two huge phonemic awareness skills: identifying initial sounds and differentiating those initial sounds from others. Such phonemic awareness skills have been linked to reading readiness and success.
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I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction