Learning letter sounds is not something that has to come after mastering letter recognition, it can be done concurrently. Learning the sounds that letters make is a must for children to learn to read but it doesn’t have to be a scary task for teachers or parents. Letter sound activities should be fun and meet children where they are at, focused on meaningful letter sounds first. Take it slow as children show interest and most importantly have fun with these ways to learn letter sounds. For more great preschool letter sound activities, check out my book Everyday Preschool.
How Do You Teach Letter Sounds?
The main thing we all have to remember when we are teaching letter sounds, is to have fun with our preschoolers. We are introducing sounds and the idea that letters make sounds. For my systemic approach to this in PreK check out my post about how to teach letter sounds here. If you are looking for fun ideas to add to your teaching toolbox, keep scrolling!
This is one of my students’ favorite ways to play at our literacy center. Have fun with your preschoolers playing with this phonics focused game.
Simple Reading Puzzles
This is more of a kindergarten skill but you may have preschoolers ready for this challenge!
Not into princesses? Try using cars or dinosaurs instead!
This is always a hit. Remember to wash hands after using locks and keys.
Need more Literacy Activities?
Learn more about why sounds are so important for learning to read. Read this post here.