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Practice Letters and Sounds Using Online Games
Maybe it is a rainy day, or it is too hot to go outside. You would like to do something that is fun, but know that practicing the alphabet would be a good idea too. Never fear—the activities below are designed to help children learn to recognize letters and how they sound—and have a good time.
One way that children learn to read is by learning how to recognize letters and how they sound. This skill, called phonemic awareness, is important for reading as well as writing and spelling. Most letters’ names are close to the sounds they make, so knowing the names of the letters helps children begin to understand how they are supposed to sound. And once children learn how individual letters sound, they can then string them together to sound out some simple words.
The best way to learn to recognize letters, how they sound, and what words start with them is through repetition. Reading books is of course an excellent way to practice, but games and other activities can be fun for children and can help them learn and remember.
This activity was modified from the ReadWriteThink lesson plan “A is for Apple: Building Letter Recognition Fluency.”