i divided them into four groups (like the abc song does). i gave Bear the a-b-c-d-e-f-g set first. i set out the letters and handed him the half of the card that had the objects on them for him to match up.
activities like this help develop phonological awareness.
that's the understanding that every letter has a sound
and being able to identify those sounds in words
it's a key reading skill
Bear had fun with that little activity, so we went on a letter scavenger hunt similar to the one in our color hunt post. i placed the alphabet cards on our long bench and then we looked around the house to find small items that started with each letter.
|alphabet letter scavenger hunt|
- talk about what you see: point out letters on building signs, trucks, and/or store items
- use rhyme: don't skip those rhyming books because they drive you bonkers [i'm so guilty of this]. your kiddo can learn from them....and all their bouncy-wouncy boogey-woogey rhymes.
- use alliteration: put strings of words together that all start with the same letter. this is fun to do in the supermarket for two reasons. 1) there is a variety of items to inspire you ~AND~ 2) it's fun to see the looks you get from other shoppers when you dance around while chanting... "i'm putting the pretty peaches in the crazy, cruisin' cart." ((just make sure your kiddo is with you when you do this))
i'll a-b-C ya later!