To continue with our get out into the backyard theme this week, I will show you a few ways to play with words while you are outside. When we play with words, it helps children develop their phonemic awareness skills. These activities are totally oral, so you do not need anything but the ability to speak and hear.
Play I-spy (pick one of these skills to work on at a time. If you mix them up, you will confuse your child. When his/her phonemic skills are strong (ready to read) then you can mix them up a bit more)
I spy something that begins with the sound /g/- grass, green, groundhog (beginning sound practice)
I spy something that ends with the sound /d/- bird, seed (ending sound practice)
I spy something that rhymes with tie- fly, sky (rhyming words)
I spy a /c/ /a/ /t/ (blending phonemes)
I spy a /c/ /at/ (blending onset and rime)