1. LETTER SOUND HUNT: Help your child find 5 things in your home or throughout the day (if you are out and about) with your child that BEGIN with the letter ___ . Specifically using the sound that is made in the word ____________. (blanks will be filled in by your teacher on the calendar alongside the number assignment.
2. RHYMING: Have your child practice rhyming words with you. Take a few minutes here or there throughout your day when you have your child’s attention. Ex… on a car ride, standing in a line at a store, during a child’s routine during the day (picture lunchtime and you are putting cheese on their plate - you say “Rhyme Time” and the word is CHEESE! What rhymes with cheese? If your child calls out any word, say them out loud along with your child (cheese/bees) then confirm if it is a rhyme or if they need to try again. If your child calls out a related word, but not a rhyming word (like “mouse”, say in a positive tone something like; Good thinking, a mouse does like to nibble cheese, but when we say them together they don’t have that same middle and ending sound of “eese” - cheese/mouse. What about “knees”? Then have them repeat this with you. It is very common at this age and at this stage in their learning for them to take some time to catch on. Keep practicing!
3. COMPOUND WORDS: Teach your child a few (or have them see if they can think of any) compound words. A compound word is one word made up of two words that can also stand alone. Some examples; flashlight, baseball, birthdays, airplanes, dumptruck, etc… We have a little hand motion that we teach that helps with this. Hold one hand out with the palm facing up and say “flash”, then put your opposite hand out, palm up and say “light” - then bring your hands together (palms touching” and say “flashlight”. Have your child do this with you while saying the words separately, then together.
4. PRINT DIRECTIONALITY: Read a story to your child with a physical copy of a book. While you are reading, follow the words as you read them with your finger. Give your child a chance to turn the page when it is time.
5. TIC-TAC-TOE: Draw a Tic-Tac-Toe board on a piece of paper. Each player decides what their "mark" wil be: instead of X's and O's, choose from letter sounds that you would like your child to work on. You can also choose the beginning sounds from your names and use those letters. Take turns drawing marks until one person gets three in a row.
6. Simon Says: Play Simon Says with letter sounds or pointing to objects. Simon says say the letter “a” sound. Simon says point to something green.