A-Z of Literacy
Bring a little bit of creativity and play to helping your child learn their ABCs; and their D-Zees.
Match That Sound!
Learn letters and find objects to match the sound!
Listening and responding to adults
Ask and answer questions to give information and demonstrate understanding
1 .Before beginning the activity, recap with your child the letters they have already learned in school (may only be SATPIN or could be more!). To recap, go over what letter it is, the sound it makes and how to write it (see letter formation sheet to left).
2. Once your child has a good understanding of the different letters and their sounds, explain the task to them. Their job is to go around your home to find items that begin with the sound of a certain letter that will be in their sound box (any container you have will work for this), but they only have 2 minutes to find things! EG: if the letter in their box is p, they could go and find a pencil, pen, peg, maybe a toy penguin!
3. Ask the child to write a letter on a sticky note or small piece of paper (if they are unable you can write it for them) to use as a label for their sound box, as this will act as a guide for the child to remind them of the letter. You could recap what the letter is and its sound before they leave to find items.
4. While they are off finding items, let them know that you will set a timer, so the child knows when time is up and to come back to you to check what they found. When they come back to show you their sound box, talk through the different items and ask your child to explain why they chose the items. (Be sure to praise your child for their effort and if/when they correctly match an item to a sound!)
Extension: To continue practicing their letters in a fun, sensory activity, they could write in shaving foam! Add some shaving foam to a large container/tray and let your child practice their writing! (See image to right) They could practice letters or high frequency words, EG: sat, pit, tap, in, at, is, as (more can be found online!).
Alphabet Stones – Lauren Presho
A great way to practise letter formation and play simple spelling or phonic games using stones they gather.
Identify and write letters; identify phonemes; and use phonemes to spell simple CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant).
1. Resources: stones/pebbles, paint or sharpies
2. Go on a walk to collect stones, making sure the stones are big enough to write on.
3. Wash and dry the stones.
4. Using paint, or a sharpie, write different letters on the stones. If the child is younger then write the letters for them to copy. Younger children could play a simple game of retrieving the letters you call out as fast as they can. Or hide the stones so that the child can go on a scavenger hunt.
5. Foundation Stage children could play the same game except using the phonemes (sounds) for each letter. They could also try to make simple CVC words with the letter stones. You can find visuals of CVC words on google or simply call them out.
6. Key Stage 1 children could use the letters to make more complex words, seeing what the longest word they can make is and writing down all their results.
Label it! – Oonagh McLaughlin
To build up a child’s vocabulary bank
1. Using a list of home related vocabulary, label items throughout the house.
2. Challenge your child to match the labels, either pictorially or by using their phonics to sound out the vocabulary.
3. This activity would also be suitable for older children learning a modern language, or to introduce a new language to your child.
Camel, Cat, Dog, Dolphin – Aimee McGleenon
From carrot to cow, dinosaur to digger I spy something beginning with …….
To become more familiar with the letters c and d
To become aware of their accompanying sounds, developing phonetic awareness of letters c and d
1. Collect some items that start with the letters c or d and bring them all together on the floor or at a table.
2. Pick someone to take the first turn (adult but alternate).
3. Choose one of the items and say, ‘I spy with my little eye, something beginning with… c/d.’ Make the sound for the letter too.
4. Ask the other person to guess and say the name of an item and the sound for the starting letter.
5. Remove each item as you use them and make two piles. One for C words and one for D words.
6. Place the items in the correct pile when you are finished with it.
7. Keep playing until all items are organised into the piles.
Listening and Recall – Aimee McGleenon
To develop listening and recall skills when following a story
To continue development of phonetic awareness of letters c and d
1. Pick a book to read together with an adult at home.
2. Find a cosy spot where you can read the story. If you have some cushions and blankets you could make a fort or tent.
3. When you are ready, start your storybook.
4. Listen to what is happening in the story.
5. Look at what is happening in the pictures or illustrations.
6. Can you spy any words you know? Can you spy any words that begin with C or D?
7. If you have found some, make a list of the words and say them as you write them.