Before engaging a child in a ‘Sound with Objects’ lesson, he/she must be familiar with the phonetic letter sounds, which are taught in a sound lesson presentation. Then you can have fun with sounds and objects, and eventually move on to sound blending.
To present this lesson in the classroom or at home, you will need containers or pouches (anything that will hold a few small items), the letters of the alphabet (in wood, plastic or card – whatever works) and small objects that start with the sound each letter makes (placed, along with the letter, into your chosen container).
Start the game by selecting three letters and their corresponding containers (you can add more letters, the more confident your child gets with matching the objects) and then ask your child to name and sound the chosen letters, laying them down on your work surface at the same time. Then mix up the objects from each container and ask the child to match them, one by one, to the corresponding letters.
Watch the below tutorial by My Montessori Works to see how the game is played:
Once your child is familiar with the letters that are part of the initial game, you can make it more challenging by adding more letters to the matching pool. And, as suggested in the tutorial, keep the game exciting by exchanging objects (add some new ones!) and even have your child find matching objects from around the house.
If you’d like further information about this tutorial, feel free to contact us at info@saintandrewsmontessori. We’re happy to answer any questions.
Photo by Hope-education.co.uk