Early Literacy Skills

Early Literacy Skills

Research shows phonemic awareness “playing with sounds” helps build phonic skills. Children who are strong in phonics are usually more successful at reading. Here are a few quick and easy ways to help your child develop these important skills. Have Fun!

By Katie Smith, WCES 1st Grade

Letter Recognitionletters with clothespins on top
Suggested Materials:
● Alphabet Cards
● Milk Lids with letters written on them
● Clothespins with letters written on them

Ideas to Practice
● Match capital and lowercase letters
● I Spy
●“I spy the letter _____”
●“I spy the letter that says ____”
●“I spy the letter that ____________ starts with ____”

Sound Boxes
Suggested Materials:
● Sound Box: Make 3 squares on a piece of paper or outside with chalk
● Toy cars
● Cheerios
● Poker Chips
● Milk Lids

Ideas to Practice:
● Sound Segmentation: Say a word or show a simple picture and have your child push an item up for each sound in the word into a square of the box you drew.
● Sound Blending: Use items that have letters written on them (milk lids) to form words, saying each sound as they build the word and touch each sound box.
● Beginning Sound Deletion: Ask students to say a word without the first sound. For example: what is sit without the /s/? Using the sound box may help students visually see the deletion. Say and push up an object into the box squares /s/,/i/,/t/ "sit". What is the word sit without the /s/ and remove that object from the square.

Sight Word Practice
Suggested Materials:
● Pipe cleaners
● Yarn ball of purple yarn
● Play doh
● Salt box
● Dry erase marker on window
● Highlighting words in newspapers or magazines
● White Crayons, white paper, paint

Use any of the above materials to practice sight words or spelling words in a fun way.