Phonics Activities On Printable Worksheets plus Activity Ideas

These new worksheets are phonics activities for practicing sounds that you have already introduced. (Three more worksheets on our learning sounds page are also new!)

choosing the correct th sound

fill in the blank for e,f,s sounds

fill in the blank for m, y at the end of a short word and w

Other Phonics Activities I don't start out planning lots of activities. They always end up in my reading instruction anyway. Please, understand I am not teaching like a drill sergeant.

It's just that when we reach the point of "ready to read" I am spring loaded to cheerfully tote one, single book out to the front porch -no bells, no whistles no moving (and therefore, losable and breakable) parts. I tend to be less cheerful overloaded with or looking for pieces and parts. Smiles are important in reading!

My initial plan works until I see one of these signs:

- progress slows

- yawning and excessive interest in anything crawling or flying around the yard = Boredom. (Really with my own program! Yikes. Well, it happens with every systematic program. A little variety is often in order. )

- mistakes in old material

Then I take a break and just read out loud every day (which we try to do anyway between my husband, older children and I), or add activities when phonics times rolls around every day.

Actually, the fill in the blank activity worksheets at the top of the page are part of our program. They are the same every lesson though so we sometimes need a change.

Phonics Activities Ideas

Play concentration with the downloadable flashcards. This is fast and colorful with a little suspense. My already reading children and nephew enjoy joining in. (Concentration, you probably remember, is the game where you pick up card pairs from memory. With flash cards you put the letter sides up and try to turn over two cards with a matching sound picture.)

Dictation: Type a story in large print into your computer as your beginning reader tells it to you. Add a picture to draw their attention to the screen. They can see the letters that represent the words they are saying as they "appear". If the story tumbles out faster than your typing, work with sentences instead. Then you can usually remember the end of the sentence and keep typing after your child has finished his or her part.

Use a reader: Most early readers are very easy. Kids love to practice their new skills!

Make a puzzle with all the letters (or letter groups) that make a single sound. I do this for the vowels even though I don't call them that. I make a stiff paper A and write ay, ai, a__e, ei, eigh and a alone on it. Then I laminate the A with stringless packing tape and cut out puzzle piece shapes. Writing the A and keeping the puzzle outline a square is slightly faster in terms of preparation time.

Build Words: Using Scrabble or Bananagram tiles, build words. I usually give a category and say "Let's build s words." for instance. "Here, I built 'seat'." You could also build words that rhythm (ie. build words that rhythm with "rain").

Jump through hoops: Well, almost! This works especially for a child who's eyes tire with small print. Write words in side walk chalk and draw dots under each letter. The game is to jump on each dot (one foot fits best) and say the sound above the dot. Then blend the sounds.

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