At 3 and 4 years old your preschooler is the perfect age to begin learning letter-sound relationships. In fact, your child may already be demonstrating a strong understanding of these relationships! But no worries – whether or not your preschooler can rattle off all of their ABCs on sight and also tell you the sound each letter makes, this will be fun! For today’s activity, we will be observing the first letter of the current month (or day of the week) and going on a hunt around the house to find other objects that begin with the same letter.
Before I get too far, let me caution you that not every month or day of the week will be easy to find words for (think August, where the A is making neither the long or short vowel sounds). You may want to pre-select the word you are going to focus on and have a plan of how you can guide your child to find things that begin with the right letter.
“Let’s look at the month we are in right now: November. I see that November begins with the letter N and I know that N makes the sound /n/. Let’s look around the house for things that begin with the sound /n/. Oh look! I see some /n/-/n/-noodles on the counter. And here’s my /n/-/n/-necklace! What can you find? Yes, Nana also begins with the sound /n/, so let’s put this picture of Nana in our N/n/ pile! Great find!”
If you are having difficulty finding things or are short on time, you can always use flash cards with objects on them, or sit together to draw items that begin with the sound. If your preschooler is still developing their letter-sound skills, you could even make it the focus sound of the month, leaving the objects/flashcards/pictures up to review during the month!
Because this activity will take a bit more time than most of the others, I don’t recommend doing this every day – unless your preschooler absolutely loves it and needs the practice, of course. As always, keep it fun! 🙂