Letter sounds can be so much fun to practice if we make it fun and quick!
When a child is learning to read we often focus on the letter name but this is not the most important part of “knowing their letters” the most important part is the sounds the letters translate to. We take it for granted that letters on a page or in the form of a magnet correspond to sounds, but this is something our children must learn. As children are just starting to develop this knowledge one of the key things to remember is to keep lessons simple, not easy, but short and interesting. I like activities that can easily be done and redone ( no need for worksheets) and can be slipped into thematic units or tailored to the child’s interests. These beginning letter sound magnet mats are quick little bites of learning perfect for a literacy center or quiet time. I have created four different themed mats to match up with popular preschool themes free for you to download.
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Gather your materials. You will need some magnetic letters, lowercase magnets are preferable, these sheets ( see below to download), and a cookie sheet. If you need lowercase letter magnets, I got the ones in the post here.
Print out the sheets by clicking here :
With beginners, I would have the letters needed to make the match already on the cookie sheet like this:
More capable children can have a few extra letters to dig through and consider :
And children who this is not a big challenge for but they need to reinforce their knowledge give them a PILE to dig through!
I hope you can use these free printables in your preschool or kindergarten literacy centers to make this skill playful and inviting to practice!
For more playful ways to teach check out our curriculum packs and thematic units!