Monday, June 1, 2009


Write down the letter combinations that make different sounds. Show your child the letters. Sing a familiar tune while saying different letter combinations.

For example, you can sing “Mary Had a Little Lamb” while making the sound for “CH”,"SH", "TH", or "GH". Sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” while making the sound “SH”, “TH”, “La la la” or “Doo doo doo”.

Ask your child what other sound he’d like to substitute and sing. Write down those letters and show him how the sounds are spelled.

This activity also works well for deciphering between hard and soft sounds of a letter. You can hold up a feather as you sing the soft sound of a letter and then switch to a rock to sing the hard sound. Switch it up so your child must pay attention to see what sound you will sing for each line of the song.


Anonymous said...

Do you really do these activities with your children EVERY day? Be honest.

SMMART ideas said...

This question made me laugh a little...

Honestly, I try to incorporate a learning experience every weekday (weekends are a little more loose). It's not always a SMMART idea activity that I've posted, but we definitely read books, many times we'll work on letter with my youngest...just having her point them out in a book or grab a matching upper and lower case letter from the fridge. Simple, simple...I really do try to do something...but, no, I'm not always successful.

Jedda said...

I love this idea! And I love that there is the visual and the verbal sound to match and take the information in both ways. We'll be enjoying it! Thanks for the great ideas! Also, I am really enjoying the book I just started called, "How to multiply your baby's intelligence." It's by Glenn Doman. A smart Mama like you would certainly like to take a look (at least I think you would :)


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