G1: First Things First

Identify and practice listening to the beginning sound in one-syllable words, focusing on one sound (phoneme) at a time.

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G2: Picture Piles

Sort picture cards into piles by their beginning sounds. Now that your child has learned some of the starting sounds, she will practice differentiating between multiple beginning sounds.

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G3: Mark the Misfit

Look at five pictures and pick out the one that begins with a different sound.

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G4: Find the Hidden Word

Remove the first sound from a word to find the “hidden” word that remains, with picture cards as clues.

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G5: Say the Hidden Word

Remove the first sound from a word to find the “hidden” word that remains, but with no picture clues.

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G6: Sound Chop Bingo

Use the game of Bingo to identify the beginning sound that has been “chopped” off of a word.

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1. Overview

In the Word Families module, your child learned to synthesize beginning sounds and word stems to make words. In this module, your child will start analyzing one-syllable words by identifying, “chopping off,” and isolating their initial phonemes (sounds).

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2. Prerequisites

Here are a few things parents and teachers must do before teaching this section (and the following sections) to their children or students:

  1. Be sure that you are pronouncing the individual sounds (phonemes) correctly. Start with the consonant sounds, because that’s what you’ll use in the Beginning Sounds activities.
  2. Use the right child-appropriate terminology. When teaching children, explain that lower-case letters are “the pictures of what the sounds of the alphabet look like when we write them or see them printed in a book.”
  3. Always have a copy of the written sound (the lower-case letter) for the beginning (onset) of the word in front of the child while doing these activities. For example, you will put out a d card when playing a game that focuses on the word duck. This will draw the child’s attention to the written sound while you pronounce it in the word.

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3. Beginning Sounds Activities

  • G1: First Things First – Identify and practice listening to the beginning sound in one-syllable words, focusing on one sound (phoneme) at a time.
  • G2: Picture Piles – Sort picture cards into piles by their beginning sounds. Now that your child has learned some of the starting sounds, she will practice differentiating between multiple beginning sounds.
  • G3: Mark the Misfit – Look at five pictures and pick out the one that begins with a different sound.
  • G4: Find the Hidden Word – Remove the first sound from a word to find the “hidden” word that remains, with picture cards as clues.
  • G5: Say the Hidden Word – Remove the first sound from a word to find the “hidden” word that remains, but with no picture clues.
  • G6: Sound Chop Bingo – Use the game of Bingo to identify the beginning sound that has been “chopped” off of a word.

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