Teaching Sounds & Letters
Fun with Phonics
Have fun learning letters sounds! There are endless ways to introduce early phonetic literacy skills that exist outside of books.
Here are a few ideas that you can try at home:
Silly Soup Song Lyrics:
We’re making lots of silly soup,
we’re making soup that’s silly.
We’re going to put it in the fridge,
to make it nice and chilly!
(Sung to the tune of ‘Pop Goes the Weasel’)
Gardening for Letters
Smart Cookie Club
Stay. Play. Learn.
Singing and Listening to Music
Lacing The Letters of Our Names
Making Alphabet Soup
Forming Letters in Salt Trays
Sponge Letters in Soapy Water
At the end of each class, children receive a Smart Cookie Club sticker and a take home activity. They can use the activity with their parent or caregiver after the class to extend and scaffold their learning.
This week we gave name cards with reusable letter stickers.
Building Letters Using Curves & Lines
Each class is designed for children to explore different activities and learn through play. Classes include a range of theme related activities that focus on all essential developmental domains.
Throughout the 45 minute class, our experienced teachers will guide the children through the activities, while educating parents and caregivers about the skills being developed and modeling a variety of strategies that will help them in supporting their child’s learning at home.
In this class we focused on having fun with phonics! We explained to parents and caregivers that children should have a strong foundation in hearing sounds along with recognizing letters. Singing along to the alphabet is fun and will help with letter recognition but phonetic awareness is key. We taught parents and caregivers that children must understand how words are made up of different sounds and that different letters represent the sounds that they make. We explained that when introducing and naming letters, it is important to stress the sound that the letter makes. For example, ‘D’ makes a ‘duh’ sound.