Reading begins with our ears. Hearing the sounds in the words we speak and sing is one of the first steps toward understanding letter/sound relationships. Rhyming, blending and segmenting syllables and phonemes (sounds), and identifying the beginning, middle and ending sounds in words are crucial literacy activities for preschoolers and kindergarteners. That is why I created this Beginning Sounds Picture Cards Sorting Activity!
Beginning Letter Sounds in Kindergarten:
BUILDING STRONG PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS BEGINS IN PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN
IDENTIFYING INDIVIDUAL SOUNDS IN WORDS HELPS CHILDREN MAKE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN ORAL LANGUAGE AND WRITTEN LANGUAGE.
Early phonological awareness includes rhyming, clapping syllables, segmenting words by each sound, and identifying initial/middle/ending alphabet sounds in words.
While it’s equally important to teach the alphabet letter names and sounds, phonemic awareness should come first.
The beauty of working on phonemic awareness skills is that it easily fits into quick transitions throughout the day. Sing the alphabet song or silly rhyming songs, ask children to repeat word pairs that begin with the same sound, or clap syllables when transitioning to “re-cess” or “lunch.”
I also like to teach kids to look in a mirror as they isolate a sound so they can see what their mouths are doing. Exaggerate sound production to help kids discern between sounds that are similar and often confusing, like /th/ in thin and /f/, or /m/ and /n/.
The beginning sounds pictures for kindergarten include header cards with upper and lower case letters A-Z and four alphabet picture cards for each letter.
Get kids really thinking about sounds and how we produce them to further their understanding. Here are some questions to keep in mind as children sort the picture cards.
- What sound do you hear at the beginning of the word?
- Do you know the letter that makes that sound?
- What other pictures/words have the same beginning sound?
- How do you make that sound with your mouth? Tongue? Breath? Throat?
- Can you sing/stretch that sound, or is it quick?
Why Is It Important For Kids To Manipulate Sounds?
Distinguishing sounds in a word, and later manipulating those sounds help children make important connections as they begin to learn more about printed words.
There are five levels of phonological awareness. It’s important to guide students through each level with lots of modeling, scaffolding, games, sound worksheets, center activities, and repetition.
1. Rhyming and Alliteration
Read rhyming books to your child, sing songs and point out which words rhyme, play with alliteration like practicing silly tongue twisters.
Students can repeat a word, then clap each syllable. As they gain fluency, give each syllable separately and ask students to blend them into one word.
2. Sentence Segmentation
Say a simple sentence, using common sight words. Have children repeat the sentence and count how many words are in the sentence. Students can hold up a finger for each word, or draw a line on a whiteboard.
More Alphabet Inspiration:
Create a full maker space for these awesome crafts!
Keep your learning supplies stocked and these inspirational alphabet toys on hand for that moment when inspiration hits!
LEGO DUPLO My First Alphabet Truck 10915 ABC Letters Learning Toy for Toddlers, Fun Kids’ Educational Building Toy (36 Pieces)Coogam Wooden Alphabet Puzzle – ABC Letters Sorting Board Blocks Montessori Matching Game Jigsaw Educational Early Learning Toy Gift for Preschool Year Old KidsLearning Resources Alphabet Soup Sorters, Early Phonics, ABCs, Alphabet Awareness & Recognition, 208 Pieces, Ages 3+Learning Resources Alphabet Acorns Activity Set, Develops Letter Recognition, Educational Toys for Toddlers, Homeschool, Visual & Tactile Learning Toy, 78 Pieces, Ages 3+Playlearn Sensory Gel Filled Alphabet Letters – Moveable Alphabet Toy – Textured Tactile Squishy Toy ABC Set – Ideal for Sensory LearningLearning Resources Alphabet Marks The Spot Floor MatLearning Resources Smart Snacks Alpha Pops, Alphabet Learning & Fine Motor Skills Toy, Develops Letter Recognition, ABC for Kids, 26 Double Sided Pieces, Ages 2+LeapFrog Tad’s Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set
Materials needed for the Beginning Sounds Picture Sort:
Get the Supplies Here:
Don’t worry about making a special trip to the store. You can get all the supplies for this activity right here.
- Paper (card stock or plain)
- Laminator (optional)
Expand your activity library with these amazing resources!
How To Use The Beginning Sounds Picture Cards
BUILDING PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS WITH EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNERS
PROVIDE A WIDE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES TO KEEP WORDPLAY FUN, INTERACTIVE, AND NEVER TEDIOUS.
All you need to do is print the beginning sound pictures and alphabet heading cards onto white card stock and laminate them.
Then, cut the pictures and headings apart.
Place the activity at the literacy center. Here are the steps for the learning activity:
- Lay all the letter activity cards on the floor.
- Place the picture cards in a pile.
- Draw a card, name the picture, and identify the first sound in the word.
- Find the corresponding letter and place the picture card beneath it.
As always, there are many ways to differentiate the activity or get creative with how you use it. You might even use the letter cards to introduce the alphabet to preschool students.
Other Ways To Use the Kindergarten Beginning Sounds Cards:
Use the ABC cards to learn letter names and sounds, sort them by shape, or put them in ABC order.
Create a Book
Cut the printed sound picture sort pages in half and staple them into a book with one letter per page and initial sound pictures the students can flip through any time.
Print a double set of letter cards for students to match the letters of the alphabet.
Teach a letter sound per week and fill the sensory bin with objects that begin with that letter.
Put all of the pictures in a pile. Draw a card, name the picture, and then make a silly rhyme (ie., apple/bapple, or juggle/muggle).
If some of your students have mastered beginning sound activities, challenge them to identify and sort by the ending sound.
Our Favorite Alphabet Books:
We can’t live without these!
Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
LMNO Peas: Book and CD (The Peas Series)AlphaOops!: The Day Z Went FirstTouchThinkLearn: ABC (Baby Board Books, Baby Touch and Feel Books, Sensory Books for Toddlers)Mrs. Peanuckle’s Hiking AlphabetMrs. Peanuckle’s Tree Alphabet (Mrs. Peanuckle’s Alphabet)Mrs. Peanuckle’s Kitchen AlphabetThe Jet Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta’s Alphabet Books)The Icky Bug Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta’s Alphabet Books)P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book EverMelissa & Doug Children’s Book – Poke-a-Dot: An Alphabet Eye Spy (Board Book with Buttons to Pop)Chicka Chicka Boom Boom