Learning letter by letter

Activity

February 09, 2000|By Susan Rapp | Susan Rapp,Village Reading Center

Children love Valentine's Day because it provides an occasion to celebrate friends and friendship and an opportunity to make cards with hearts and flowers. Here is a phonics game that ties the holiday theme to a fun learning activity to do with your child. This Secret Word activity is adapted from the book "Making Words" by Patricia Cunningham.

Materials:

Letters, either capital or lower case, which the child can manipulate (Magnetic, letters printed on index cards or letter tiles)

Directions

* Place the vowels a and e and the consonant letters t, r, h and s in front of your child.

* Say each in a lively, spirited manner, and assist your child if needed.

* Take two letters and make the word at.

* Now add a letter to make the three-letter word art.

* Don't take any letters out, just rearrange the letters to make the word tar. (We put tar on the road.)

* Say, "Now we are going to make a four-letter word." Hold up four fingers! Add one letter to tar and you will have star.

* This time let's make a five-letter word! Add a new letter to star to make the word stare. (It is not polite to stare at someone.)

* Change one letter and you can make stare into a new word, share. (Will you share your cookie with me?)

* Mix all the letters up and see if you can play with them to figure out the SECRET WORD. I'll give you a hint, it has something to do with Valentine's Day. (hearts)

Make Words:

See how many words your child can make from these letters and look for some patterns: at, rat, hat, sat, tar, star, he, she, the, hear, tear, sear, stare, hare, share.

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