What’s the First Sound? Song helps your child practice listening for the first sound in a word. What’s the First Sound? Song uses the tune of "Old McDonald Had a Farm." After you sing the verses provided, you can make up your own. Demonstrate with emphasis on sound not letter name.
Activity To Determine the First Sound
The activity Add a Sound to Make a New Word helps your child create a new word.
Explain to your child how to play the game. Use the provided words and then choose your own words. Remember to discuss the meaning of the words and use them in sentences that are easy for your child to understand. Keep in mind that this is a listening game, so your child will not need to see the paper in order to play. Remember to discuss the meaning of the words and use them in sentences that are easy for your child to understand. Demonstrate two examples.
Here’s a video of a family changing the first sound in a word to make a new word:
- Mom explains how to play the game and is enthusiastic.
- Since this a listening game, Mom makes sure her son doesn’t look at the paper.
- When her son does not say string, Mom helps by saying each part: /st/ /ring/, and then he is able to say string.