Beginning sounds worksheets will help to reinforce what your child has already learned. Once your child knows many of the letter sounds, these worksheets will give them a chance to show what they know.
Check out the tracing letters worksheets on this site for simple worksheets to help children learn correct letter formation.
Each of the free letter sound worksheets includes nine pictures. Under each picture is the spelling of the picture, minus the first letter. Have your child fill in the correct letter. All of the pictures are child-friendly and are items most children will easily recognize.
Every letter of the alphabet is included in the following worksheets.
Once children have learned several sounds, test their knowledge with the following worksheets. Each sheet has nine pictures and a space to write the first letter of each picture. It helps to have the children name the picture out loud. It is easier to understand what each letter sounds like if your child is hearing it.
All of the letters are used in the letter sound worksheets. When the same letter was used again in a different worksheet, the picture was changed. This makes each worksheet completely different and a new challenge for your child.
Sound discrimination is the ability to tell sounds apart in oral language. This is an important early literacy skill for children and hearing the sound is a great start in learning this skill.
While you are naturally conversing with your child… ask if
they know the starter sounds of common objects. During breakfast, you may ask, for example... “What does bread start with? What about toaster?”. You have objects all over the house, so this is an easy way to teach during the normal
course of the day. Eventually your child will begin naming objects and the sound they start with without any prompting on your part.
Once children have the ability to understand several sounds, make the move to worksheets. This helps them to see the correlation between the spoken and written word.
The relationship between letters and sounds and being able to understand how those sounds form words is called phonics. Teaching phonics to your child should happen through a variety of sources.
Realize that all children have a learning style. Some do best by seeing, some by hearing and some by doing. Incorporate lots of playful learning with a combination of all three to truly understand how your child learns.