Repeat the First Sound You Hear

Phonological Awareness Activities are vital for beginning or struggling readers. I give the Phonological Awareness Skills Test to each of my students and focus on the areas of struggle in each session.

Here is a very simple one for you to do with your child in the car or at home.

Think of random words and have your child isolate and repeat the first sound in the word.

You: “Repeat the first sound you hear in the word cat.

Child: “/k/” If your child does not say the /k/ sound, say each sound by itself /k/ /a/ /t/ and then ask him to repeat the very first sound he/she heard. These activities take a lot more brain power for dyslexic children. It’s important to show patience with your child.

You: “That’s right! What is the first sound you hear in the word elephant?”

Child: “/e/” (short sound of e)

You: “You got it! Way to go!”

Keep saying other random words as long as your child is interested. Stop if you or your child get frustrated. The idea is to keep them interested in learning. If they enjoy it, they will want to do it again.

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