Ebook-13The next step towards becoming a successful reader is learning letter-sound correspondence. During our last unit on print awareness, children learned that print corresponds with oral language. Now, children will learn the specific sounds that letters make.
When introducing new sounds, make sure to break it down so that children are only learning 2-3 new sounds at a time. The following is a suggested order for teaching sounds:
t, b, f, n, m, c, a, i, r, o, g, d, s, e, u, l, h, k, p, j, v, w, z, qu, y and x
Use visual alphabet cards when introducing a new letter. Model the sound that the letter makes and have your child practice the sound as well. Listen closely to ensure accuracy. Also, be careful to correctly model sounds yourself. For example, s says “sss”, not “suh”. Many times the “uh” sound is added incorrectly at the end.