If you have a preschool-age child or a child who loves to move around a lot, here are a variety of fun games to introduce the 36 sounds and begin blending 2-3 sounds. For those children who don’t yet know the letters’ shapes, these games are perfect for learning them. Click here and also here for the big letters.
Stephen and Maureen Guffanti
Remembering The Key Sounds
The purpose of pictures is to give your child something concrete to visualize. Because it is easier to visualize real objects rather than abstract letters some children will not create the link from the picture to the letter.
If your child can only blend the sounds using the cards but not the letters on a page, at this point he is associating the picture with the sound, rather than the letter with the sound.
To build his association of the letter with its sound, take the letters he doesn’t yet know, and either you or he draws the picture associated with that letter. Or you can use the samples shown on this page. While he’s drawing, have him practice the sound the letter makes