Match My Sounds
For children ages 3 to 6
Listening for and saying sounds in words will help your child to learn that spoken words are made up of sounds, which gets him ready to match spoken sounds to written letters—an important first step toward becoming a reader.
Helping children learn to pay attention to sounds in words can prevent reading problems later on.
What You Need
- Books with nursery rhymes, tongue twisters, word games, or silly songs
What to Do
The first activities in the list below work well with younger children. As your child grows older, the later activities let him do more. But keep doing the first ones as long as he enjoys them.
- Say your child's name, then have him say words that begin with the same sound; for example: David - day, doll, dish; Jess - juice, jam, jar.
- As you read a story or poem, ask your child to listen for and say the words that begin with the same sound. Then have him think of and say another word that begins with the sound.
- Read or say a familiar nursery rhyme such as "Humpty, Dumpty." Then have your child make it "Bumpty, Lumpty" or "Thumpty, Gumpty."
- Help your child to make up and say silly lines with lots of words that start with the same sound, such as, "Sister saw six silly snakes."
- Say two names for an animal, and tell your child to choose the name that begins with the same sound as the animal's name. Ask, for example, should a horse's name be Hank or Tank? Should a pig be Mattie or Patty? Should a zebra be Zap or Cap?