Many young children need targeted support and encouragement to help develop their literacy skills. This book contains tried and tested activities to improve listening, verbal reasoning, and language skills in young children and shows you how to turn theory into fun, practical ideas for the classroom. The author shows how to link activities to the Early Learning Goals and the National Literacy Strategy and the book includes: Lesson activities using puppets, nursery rhymes, story boxes, and picture books Suggestions for using role-play Ideas for organizing your play setting to encourage literacy-related play Assessment guidelines Lists of resources A selection of photocopiable material

Matching Sound and Symbol

Matching sound and symbol

In This Chapter …

The activities in this chapter focus on the link between the sounds of language (phonemes) and the letters and digraphs (graphemes) that represent those sounds. The chapter is divided into four sections:

  • Introducing letters
  • Practising letters
  • Exploring letters
  • The alphabet.

Introducing Letters

Once children have had plenty of experience of rhythm and rhyme, and are starting to explore the separate phonemes of spoken language, they can be introduced to the graphemes of written language.

For settings who are following the DfES Playing with Sounds approach, choose letters/words/objects/pictures to fit in with the phoneme/grapheme correspondence groups (see How to Use this Book, pages 4–5).

Textured Letters

Grapheme/phoneme correspondences can be introduced as a direct follow on from exploring the initial sounds ...

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