Do you know what I love? When I witness little ones overcome something that was once tricky.
We all have challenges and things that don’t come easily for us. But that moment when we can once do what we hadn’t been able to do before – that is a magic moment.
I just so happen to catch on video one of my little guy’s magic moments. I am sharing it here with you for part 2 of our Get Ready to Read series. If you are interested in how to teach phonics, this series is for you.
There are 7 areas of Phonological Awareness taught through play in my eBook and Book, Beyond the Alphabet: Play into reading readiness. I thought we would do a series here to play our way through that book together!
- Word Awareness
- Syllable Awareness
- Sound Identification
- Sound Segmenting
- Sound Blending
- Deleting Sounds (you are here)
You might remember last Monday when I shared the first skill children need before they are ready to rock at reading – s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g it out to learn to read. We practiced that skill with a little button flicking. Or maybe a lot of button flicking. Turns out flicking buttons is super fun when you’re a kid.
And apparently so is flicking your brother.
This skill will not result in any brother flicking at all – but it might involve a song that gets stuck in your head day and night.
Goodness I am not promoting my new book in a very positive light! Flicking brothers, songs that get stuck in your head — it’s all worth it, I promise you.
Please consider my new eBook to get all 7 of these skills in one spot right now and get your little one on the right track.
How to teach phonics:
The skill I wanted to share with you today is another one of those seven skills little ones need before they are able to be awesome readers. This skill was super tricky for my little guy to master – but he has it down now!
Deleting sounds requires taking a word and taking away one sound from it.
So for example, saying the word “Dog” and then saying the word again but removing the first sound, “og”.
This skill can be done by deleting the first sound, the last sound, and the middle sound.
The first sound is the easiest for little ones to understand, so it is a great one to start with. We like to use this little song for practicing this skill: (and please note the cute look of success on my little ones face! Thanks Mamas)
Another fun way to practice this skill is by setting out 3 cups, balls, rolled up socks, blocks – you name it. Then say a word nice and slow while pointing one sound to one item: d-o-g. Next, take one item away. If you take the first item away, your child would respond with “og” for example.
Of course there are many other way to practice this skill too. Have some fun and get creative! And be sure to come back next Monday when I share the next in our series of getting little ones ready to read.
Thank you so much for reading friends!