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Extending this activity

  • -Read "Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z" by Lois Ehlert.

    -Ask your child to pull out of all of the letters whose sounds he knows. Informally assess his letter-sound knowledge and continue playing games such as 'Searching for Sounds at the Store' and 'Mealtime Menu' with the unfamiliar letters.

Adjust for an older child

Children that know all of their letter sounds can begin identifying the beginning, middle, and ending sounds they hear in words such as 'pot' and 'cup'. Ask these children to use the magnetic letters to represent the sounds in these simple words on the refrigerator and then blend the sounds to read the words.

Adjust for a younger child

Verbally list several foods beginning with the same sound, and have the child identify the magnetic letter representing that sound. If he finds it too difficult to select from all 26 letters, eliminate all but five letters for him to choose from.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Emergent Literacy/Reading

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