Part 1: Learning the letter sounds

Letter names, pairs game

When the first three groups of letter sounds have been taught, the children can be told that the letters have names as well as sounds. They need to know both sounds and names. A good way of introducing the letter names is through the alphabet. This can simply be sung or recited.

The Pairs Game is a pleasant way of helping the children learn the sounds. The Sound Book Sheets have two of each letter sound on them for this purpose. Copies are given to parents either as the work progresses or at the initial parents meeting.

The parents are encouraged to mount each Sound Book Sheet on card, cut it up and play the game with their children. The instructions for how they can play the game, and do other activities with these sheets, are also given in Photocopy Section 4, Sound Book Sheets.