Initial Consonant Exercises
- Rug or table.
- Set of drawers. Each drawer containing 2 consonants and objects or pictures begining with those sounds. Letters are taught in the sequence listed under the Sound Table exercise.
- Bring one drawer to the table or rug.
- Take out consonants from box and place each on table.
- Point to the one on the left and ask child, "What sound does this one make?"
- Repeat each sound.
- Directress takes the object out of the box, ask child, "What is this?".
- Unless it is obvious directress tells them what it is.
- Directress asks child if he can hear the beginning sound.
- Try to get the child to repeat the name of the object or picture to see if the child recognizes the beginning sound.
- Ask, "Does it starts with the sound 'b', or 'm'?" Child responds.
- Directress places it under appropriate letter sound.
- Continue until all objects are sorted.
- After the first, allow the child to place under appropriate letter.
Control Of Error
- The Directress.
- Words printed on the reverse side of picture cards.
- Pictures or objects should be in a row underneath the corresponding initial consonant.
Points Of Interest
The pictures and objects in the drawers.
- To refine auditory perception of consonant sounds and medial vowel sounds.
- To provide representation of spoken word in graphic symbols.
- To develop visual and auditory memory.
- To prepare for resding, writing and spelling.
- Have many objects (not just beginning with the consonant you are working with) in a basket. Have child go and fetch those objects from the basket that begin with the letter he is working on.