V

  1. Watch the “Letter V” music video.  Click here.
  2. Go on a letter hunt outside, or in your home.  Take this sheet with you to record all of the items that you find that begin with the letter you’re working on, or contain that letter. This is a great chance to get creative with your child.  Perhaps you have special detective hats, or a clipboard for your hunts. To extend this activity, take pictures of the items you find and have your child label them, or make a collage with your printed pictures. Add to your collage with Google images that you and your child can search for.
  3. Popsicle stick practice.  Write the letter you’re practicing on the right side of a popsicle stick to complete this activity. Don’t make this task overwhelming; spread it out over time if need be.
  4. Click on the block for the letter that you’re working on.  This is a fantastic online activity that your child is sure to enjoy.
  5. Make a booklet of all of the letters that your child is struggling to learn.  Each page of the booklet can contain the letter (make it fancy with markers, yarn, glitter etc.) and then pictures cut from magazines that begin with that letter, or the child’s own illustrations. Work together to label the pictures and then staple the pages together to create a book.
  6. Play consonant Bingo.  Using a 3×3 grid (like a tic-tac-toe board), have your child write a different consonant in each square. Then, call out words that start with the consonants (ie. van, dog, cat, rug) and have them cover that square.  Fill a line diagonally, vertically, horizontally or ‘black out’ to win. Play against a sibling or friend for fun, or purchase a Bingo dabber from the dollar store to make it more realistic!
  7. Stand Up, Sit Down. This activity will get your child moving! Read a book or tell a story.  Each time you say a word that begins with the consonant you’re working on, have your child move from standing to sitting and vice versa.  This will allow them to listen for that letter sound … while having fun!
  8. Print out these Itsy Bitsy Books that work on each initial consonant sound. Have your child personalize their books with color and read them to others.
  9. How about making a craft to practice letter sounds? Click here for wonderful ideas for learning each letter in the alphabet!