What to do with this activity?
Help your child to hear the sound that is at the start of a word. Pick a word they are familiar with like "cat" for example. Then think of another word that your child knows like "cake". Help your child to notice that "cat" and "cake" start with the same sound. Can your child think of something else that starts with that sound?
Then when you look at a book together, notice what the letter looks like.
Why am I doing this?
Children’s ability to think and understand experiences develops by listening and speaking. As a child’s language becomes more complex so does their ability to understand more complex thoughts and ideas. The family is the child’s first source of language and learning and there are lots of everyday activities that occur in the home, which can help children’s language skills. Your child will get better at using words when they practice words and hear the sounds of words.
How can I do more?
Just keep talking and listening. Normal routines provide lots of opportunities for conversation and for all the family to learn new things. If you are walking down a street, point out things you see and talk about them. Explain new words, show the colours or point out shapes. Ask your child what animals or buildings they like. There’s no end to what you can talk about together.
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