This work is so easy and children love it. Simply fill a basket with pairs of objects that rhyme and put it on the shelf for our 3.5-year-old to explore on his own. Here is how we did it:
Step 1: Create the Basket
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Step 2: Create the Cards
I followed traditional Montessori and used pink for consonants and blue for vowels. Pretty simple. I used index cards. Nothing fancy. This work does not typically come with cards to match but it seemed right for my child, so we went with it.
Step 3: Introduce the Activity
I introduced this activity at a “Circle Time”. I set it up so the “job” was to match the objects, not necessarily the cards but my son quickly jumped on sounding out the words and matching the objects to the words. Lucky me.
Allow him time to do the work on his own, then place the work on our shelves.
Thanks for reading this post. Please leave a comment and check out other pre-reading and pre-writing activities. This week we’re focusing on ending sounds and I’ll also be introducing a few special sounds like “ch” that our son has been inquiring about. So, stay tuned!