Project Description

How to Teach Beginning Letter Sounds

As kids become more familiar with letters and sounds, they can start to distinguish beginning letter sounds in words. First, teach your child to recognize beginning sounds, they move on to final sounds, and then teach the medial sounds.

When they develop fluency in isolating sounds, they can start producing words that begin or end with this sound.

First, start learning the continuous letter sounds. Continuous letter sounds are sounds that can be extended and they are easiest to teach. The pronunciation of continuous sounds is straightforward.

how to teach beginning letter sounds

Stop letter sounds are more complicated; they cannot be extended and are more difficult to learn. In order to isolate these sounds in words, repeat it several times. Be careful teaching these sounds; do not add vowel as it can distort the sound. Always say the sound of the letter and not its name.

Continuous sounds: a, e, f, i, l, m, n, o, r, s, u, v, w, y, z.
Stop sounds: b, c, d, g, h, j, k, p, q, t, x.

Tips for Teaching Beginning Letter Sounds

  • Use visuals. Using visuals correctly help connect the sound of the letter.
  • Be consistent. Be consistent when you are teaching the sounds, so students can take learned skills and easily move from one sound to another.
  • Assessment. A good assessment is a key element to your teaching strategy. You need to see what each student in the class can and cannot do. Use the assessment to figure out what your students need to learn and focus on those areas.

Beginning Letter Sounds Worksheets

These beginning sound worksheets provide letter recognition, phonics and writing practice. In each worksheet, your child will recognize the initial sound and write in down.

Each worksheet focuses on the specific letter of the alphabet.

Useful Resources for your Lesson

  • Initial sound clothespin games. Great activity for preschool and kindergarten kids.
  • Beginning sound matching game is a great way to keep kids interested and entertained while learning.
  • An amazing activity every child will love to play! Combine pegs and elastic bands and you will get an activity that not only teaches the beginning sounds (and its types) but also promotes fine motor skills.
  • Is your child love playing various board games? Therefore, this beginning sound game is right for you. Print and set up the game (it takes just a few minutes) and have a fun family time!
  • Part 1 of Teaching the Alphabet series from This Reading Mama has great tips and advises that will help you to plan your activities.