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Lazy Letters

Using magnetic letters, make a simple word like “cat.” Show your child how changing one letter makes new words like “mat” or “bat.”

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Extending this activity

  • -In the bathroom, use a dry-erase marker to practice substituting letters to create new words written on the counter or the mirror.

    -Read "A Frog in the Bog" by Karma Wilson. Point out the words that are created by substituting just one or two letters like frog, bog, log.

Adjust for an older child

Invite the older child to create new words by changing the ending letter. For example, change cat to cap or can.

Adjust for a younger child

A solid understanding of rhyming will support the younger child’s progress toward being able to change letters to make new words in a word family. Focus on one rime ending like –at or –og and orally play with adding different beginning sounds to make words, real and nonsense.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Reading Words

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2 thoughts on “Lazy Letters

  1. I would love for these videos to be available to share on social media with a simple share button….kinda like YouTube! The exposure is great and so many parents need to see them!!!

  2. It’s very nice for all children to learn to do everything different from other children but sometimes .THEY all like to same thing sometimes some learn slow than others but in long learning they do meet up with what they learned

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