Group Activities for Letter Sound Recogntion
As a Pre-K teacher, I provided my students with several fun activities to complete on a daily basis to help develop pre-reading skills. Once your class has mastered letter recognition, then you can move on and work on teaching letter sounds.
We had a fun song that we would sing every morning and it taught letter sounds. We would add a letter every day or so and would eventually get through the entire alphabet. This did focus on the short-vowel sounds, but those are often harder to grasp than the long-vowel sound. By including easy actions, you are reinforcing the sound.
We also made a word wall and added to it daily. Using note cards, we went through the alphabet and added words beginning with each letter. Because the students helped to come up with the words, we were reinforcing the sound each time they chose a new word. By leaving the word wall up all year round, it was a constant visual reminder of what they had learned.
Using the letter cards you made for the letter recognition circle activity, you can also put them out to help learn letter sounds. Place them in a circle, start the music, and when you stop the music, each student can name the letter sound and even give you one word that begins with that letter.
Working with rhyming words and word families is a perfect activity for reinforcing letter sounds. You can either make your own set of words with note cards or purchase a set at a local teacher store. By introducing the patterns in rhyming words, you can quickly expand a child's list of sight words. For example, show students the - at family:
Demonstrate how you sound out a word, and isolate the - at ending. Then, explain how changing just the first letter forms a new word. Once we reviewed this, I would then pass out the cards on subsequent days and ask for certain words. The students had to read their card and know when to bring it up. Using a pocket chart, the students would bring their card up and place it in the chart. They loved this extremely simple activity. Continue to add other word families, and you will continue to expand their list of recognizable sight words.