Why Beginning sounds are so important for literacy
Before a child heads off to school, they should master a few basic literacy skills, including learning beginning sounds.
Before letter sounds, children typically need to learn the alphabet.
Fortunately, most families have access to so many fantastic resources these days that many children learn are introduced to the alphabet for the first time at a really young age. By the time they arrive at preschool, they may already have
But that’s not where their learning should stop! For little ones, learning alphabet sounds is even more important for reading. In fact, some programs (like this one) believe that children should learn letter sounds BEFORE letter names.
For Preschool teachers, implementing beginning sounds into your curriculum through learning centers and worksheets is not only important, but it will likely be required.
This pack of fun and easy worksheets is a quick way to put together some quality learning for your classroom this week! Plus they are not only great for literacy, but they also build fine motor skills/ scissor skills.
Are worksheets the best way to practice beginning sounds?
Worksheets are just one of many great ways to teach children letter sounds. Keep in mind that each child learns differently. For some children, worksheets MAY be the best way to learn, while others will do much better by playing a game or watching a visual representation.
However, regardless of learning style, children will be expected to be capable of completing worksheets by the time they reach kindergarten. This particular worksheet has the added benefit of “cut and paste” making it a little more hands-on. (It’s also great for fine motor and scissor skills!)
The pack includes one letter page and one picture page for each letter of the alphabet. It’s created specifically to be age-appropriate for three and four-year-olds. At the bottom of every picture page, you will find a picture key so that teachers (and parents) will be sure to recognize each image.
HOW TO USE THESE CUT AND PASTE WORKSHEETS
Before Beginning, you may or may not have the students color the images on the picture page. Specifically, you may want to have them color only the images that start with the letter sound.
The students will then cut out the images on the picture page by cutting along the straight lines.
Next, they can sort the pictures in to find only the ones that begin with the letter sound.
Finally, they’ll paste the letters onto the letter paper with a glue stick.
A note about vowel sounds: This pack includes short vowel sounds only. We believe that early learners should start by learning short vowel sounds before moving to long vowels. This eliminates overwhelm and helps keep young learners growing.