SPY-SAY-ERASE Montessori SOUND GAME is a multi-sensory step towards literacy for toddlers and PRE-K children to increase phonological awareness.
Before children are introduced to the sandpaper letters they must become familiar with the SOUNDS that letters make. This can be done by playing ‘Sound Games’ in a fun and relaxed manner. For example, I SPY is one of the many sound games that can help toddlers and PRE-K children be aware that words are made up of individual sounds. Often times this game is played using the surrounding environment, however, it can present too many choices for a child and can be overwhelming. Thud, limiting the choice of objects can be achieved by using real objects on a tray/mat or by using the printable I Spy Pages. (JOIN HERE.) Moreover, SPY-SAY-ERASE Montessori SOUND GAME is a fun way to embark on a literacy journey of phonological awareness by triggering multiple senses.
One way preschoolers, PRE-K children, and kindergartners get neurologically ready to READ is by learning to segment words into syllables and rhymes. This is called phonological awareness. Moreover, when children distinguish individual sounds or phonemes in words, they are using their phonemic awareness. Thus, the more we practice through hands-on invitations to play these early “pre-reading” skills, the more prepared a child will be for the challenge of learning to READ.
YOU’LL NEED for SPY-SAY-ERASE Montessori SOUND-GAME
- I SPY GAME printable (join Montessori MADE EASY HERE)
- dry erase board
- dry erase markers
- language basket (optional)
To increase phonological awareness, invite your child through PLAY to distinguish sounds, syllables, and rhymes in the words s/he hears every day. Besides, this fun SPY-SAY-ERASE Montessori SOUND-GAME triggers multi-sensorial stimulation using the I SPY Printable. This is an extension of the original I SPY game for older children who can sound out the first letters of the word. (AGE 3 YR.)
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HOW TO PLAY phonological awareness PRE-K literacy GAME
- PREPARATION: Choose a mat from I SPY GAME you will work with and write and a dry erase marker on the board the beginning letter sound of each pictured object PLUS SOME.
- INTRODUCTION: If the child is unfamiliar with the objects depicted on the I SPY mat, read them to a child while pointing out to each picture. (If the child is familiar with the objects and their names, skip step 1.)
- POINT and SAY: Point to a random picture on the I SPY mat and invite a child to say the name of the pictured object you are pointing to.
- (OPTIONAL: LANGUAGE BASKET). To add a TACTILE twist to this game, prepare a basket with real miniature objects that match the pictures and/or animal figurines, and offer a child to pick a 3D object that matches the picture. (Optional: describe the object ~ such as color, texture, size, etc.)
- SOUND OUT the FIRST LETTER: Now, invite your child to sound out the first letter of the objects ~ Hello Phonological awereness~ and find that letter written on the dry erase board.
- Finally, offer a child to ERASE with a finger that letter.
SPY-SAY-ERASE Montessori SOUND-GAME
Thus, with this fun and easy SPY-SAY-ERASE Montessori SOUND GAME, your child is learning to notice, hear, explore, and identify phonemes, which are the smallest units of SOUND in spoken words. In fact, with this early literacy game, a child is learning to SEGMENT words into their component SOUNDs, thus increasing Phonemic awareness.
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BLENDING & EARLY READING
With increased phonological awareness, your child’s next step is to learn to BLEND sounds TOGETHER. In fact, sound blending is a crucial and indispensable skill for early readers. Children need to put sound units—phonemes—together in order to be able to read a word smoothly. HOW: invite your child to put together the sounds s/he hears. Ask to connect the beginning sound with the next sound creating a syllabus of a word. For example, say “Join /p/ and /i/ together … then end the ending sound. What word do you hear if you put them together?”
Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.Martha Graham
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