My 4 year old is at the stage where he is learning alphabet sounds, a sign that he is developing reading readiness. While we were putting together his alphabet puzzle I decided to try something new. I love how it turned an activity we started as a simple boredom buster into a fun literacy exercise for learning phonics that any parent can do at home with his or her child.
Usually when New Kid and I put together the alphabet puzzle I say, “where is the B?” or “B is for basket,” then he find the corresponding letter and fits it into the puzzle. But this time I challenged him to find the letter based on the sound I made, such as “buh-buh-buh” for “B”, or “ssssss” for “S”. I love how this is such a simple phonics game.
He knew most of them, which was great, although some alphabet sounds are not as intuitive, like “guh” for “G” or “hah” for “H”. New Kid has a bit of a jokester personality and when he didn’t know the sound he had a fun time teasing me with a letter he knew was the wrong choice. That’s okay, too, though, because he was still displaying an understanding of literacy rules and it kept it fun, an important quality for learning (in my opinion).
What do you think? Is this something you might try at home? How are your kids showing you they are starting to understand phonics?