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How to Teach Beginning Letter Sounds

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As kids become more familiar with letters and sounds, they can 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 continuous letter sounds. Continuous letter sounds are sounds that can be extended, and they are the easiest to teach. The pronunciation of continuous sounds is straightforward.

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.

how to teach beginning letter sounds

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.

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 fun family time!

  • Part 1 of Teaching the Alphabet series from This Reading Mama has great tips and advice that will help you to plan your activities.