One of Finn’s new favorite activities is pulling all of the pillows off of the couch. Sound familiar? It drives me crazy; however, today, I thought, why not use this activity which he loves to build on his phonemic awareness and teach him letter sounds!
I’ve been using a book, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, as a guide in teaching Finn to read; however, since he’s three, he can easily get bored with the book (translation: silly, frustrated, distracted) and lose interest. So in order to keep his interest and teach him the skills, which I know he is capable of, we did this activity today.
So far, we have learned the letter sounds for M, S, A and T. So I gathered one of an English teacher’s favorite resources – sticky notes – and wrote those letters on a few and stuck them on the pillows in our living room.
I then said, “Okay, Finn. Choose your favorite pillow.” He did. And then I proceeded to call out sounds and he hopped from pillow to pillow, correctly identifying the letters for the sounds that I was making. Then, I reversed the activity: he chose the pillows and then told me the sound of the letter attached to that pillow.
Phonemic awareness – check. Fun learning – check. Gross motor activity – check. Fun activity with Mommy – check. I would say this was an all around win!