Now that Kaelyn has learned all of her alphabet letters and is ready to begin reading, we have began reviewing beginning sounds. For her the best way to review lessons is to play games and what better way to do that than with our pocket charts playing a beginning sounds matching game. The cards that we use are part of our new curriculum that we have been using, but you can easily make your own pocket chart cards by printing clip art pictures and upper/lower case letters. Make sure to laminate your cards so that they last longer, plus if you keep everything in small zip block bags in baskets or small plastic containers by your pocket charts I can guarantee that your little ones will find themselves playing on their own more often.
You can start off with as many beginning sounds your child can do at one time. I personally like to do no more than 3 letter sounds at a time, especially because Kaelyn is only 4 years old and I don’t want to confuse her. Begin by placing the two letters that you choose at the top of your pocket chart, make sure to review the letter recognition and letter sounds of each. On the bottom of your pocket chart lay out all of your picture cards, while you lay your pictures make sure to read what they are out loud emphasizing on the beginning sound of each picture. You might have to complete the activity with your child several times before they are able to do this independently and that is perfectly okay. The reason for this activity or game is for your child to feel comfortable with each letter sound and is able to recognize beginning sounds in words/pictures.
If you have younger children allow them to help their sibling place the cards underneath the correct letter. This is great for their fine motor skills, early introduction to letters, and you won’t have to worry about keeping them busy while you are teaching. If you have a larger pocket chart, you can even have your homeschooling child work on their beginning sounds game on one side of the pocket chart and have your other child work on placing alphabet card on the pocket chart.
As always a great addition to any pocket chart activity is music! I don’t know if you have noticed from my past posts, but we are a huge fan of Dr. Jean! I just absolutely love her songs, how interactive they are, and I have used them since I began teaching! One of our absolute favorite is Phonercise by Dr. Jean. This song is now part of our Calendar & Weather daily routine! It’s a great song to learn letter sounds and words to match each letter.
Check out her video below!
If you have any questions about Pocket Charts or Music feel free to comment below!