Enjoy the Sounds of Language with your Child.


templatesCollect materials which focus on rhyming and beginning sounds.

q       Collect objects or pictures of things that rhyme.  Some examples are cat, hat, rock, sock, soap, rope, spoon, and moon.

q       Collect magazines and/or catalogs so your child can cut out the pictures.


Read rhymes with your child.

q       Read Mother Goose Rhymes with your child.  Encourage your child to complete the rhymes with the correct rhyming word, such as “Hickory, Dickory, Dock, The mouse ran up the ______ (clock).”

q       Invite your child to say with you his favorite rhymes over and over again.  Your child will soon be able to say the rhymes alone.

q       Read simple poems with your child.  Encourage your child to complete the poem with the correct rhyming word.


Play with rhyming sounds.

q       Use a collection of objects or pictures of objects such as sock, rock, hat, cat, soap, rope, spoon, and moon. Invite your child to choose the two objects or pictures that rhyme and name them.

q       Use objects found around the house – such as sock, ball, and hat.  Encourage your child to say a word that rhymes with the chosen object. Accept nonsense words that rhyme as well.


Help your child match letters to objects or pictures.

q       Using alphabet letter magnets, select one of the objects or pictures you have collected: a banana, for example, and have your child say the name of the object so he or she can hear the beginning sound of the word.

q       Ask your child to find the alphabet letter that matches the beginning sound of the word.

q       Provide five alphabet letter magnets and let your child choose a picture from your collection and match it with the beginning letter sound of the word.


Additional Ideas:

Involve your child in creating an alphabet book over several weeks.  Write one letter in upper and lower case at the top of a piece of paper – for example, write Pp.  Provide a magazine or catalog for your child to cut out one or more pictures that begin with that letter: example, a picture of pizza and a pig.

Begin with the letters that your child recognizes.  When your child has glued and completed as many pages as they can, put the pages in alphabetical order.  Staple or with yarn tie the pages together. Invite your child to name the pictures on each page representing each letter.


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Activities you can do with your child:

·  Make up silly words that rhyme with your child’s name.

·  Continue teaching your child their phone number and address.

·  Make a miniature kite or draw a picture of a kite.

·  Look for things that are blue all week long.

·  Find things around the house that begin with the letter “D”.

·  Collect some small items and ask child to tell you which group has more/less.

·  Before completing a story, ask your child what they think will happen.

·  Listen to a story on tape, CD or computer with your child.

·  Begin to make an alphabet book.

·  Practice saying your phone number and address with your child.

·  Using magnetic letters, have your child find things around the house that begin with these letters.

·  Read two books today.  Have your child tell you which was their favorite and why.

·  Cut out shapes and play a matching game.

·  Talk a walk and look for signs of summer.

·  Practice opposites with your child. (up/down,in/out,over/under)

·  Find things around the house that begin with the letter “J”.

·  Gym Day. Practice jumping, hopping, on one foot and throwing and catching a ball.

·  Bake cookies together. Count the number on each tray.


Books suggestions for four & five year olds:

The Wheels on the Bus by Maryanne Kovalski

My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie

The Napping House by Audrey Wood

Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming

Silly Sally by Audrey Wood

Jamberry by Bruce Degen