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Swinging to Sounds

As you push your child in the swing, say several words beginning with the same sound and ask him to identify the beginning sound.

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Extending this activity

  • -Encourage your child to associate a beginning word sound with a letter. Start with basic consonant sounds: /m/, /b/, /d/, /f/, /g/, /n/, /l/, /p/, /r/. Say a specific letter, make the sound, and then take turns naming as many words as you can that begin with the sound.

    -Read through a favorite, familiar book looking for words that begin with the basic consonant sounds listed above.

Adjust for an older child

Encourage the child to initiate producing words that begin with the same sounds. Have the child name two /m/ sound words (such as mommy, monkey), /b/ words (banana, boy), and /d/ words (dog, David).

Adjust for a younger child

Encourage the child to reproduce words as you exaggerate the beginning sound. The child should look at your mouth as you make the sounds.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Isolating and Manipulating Sounds

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