Play the "Memory" Game with Letter Sounds

Welcome back to Read Not Guess. This is a short week given the Thanksgiving holiday. So rather than introduce new sounds, today will also be a review day. We’ll practice blending sounds we’ve learned so far and show you how to play the classic “memory” game with letter sounds for your child to practice what they’re learning.


Word Practice


First we’re going to work on “blending” letter sounds into words. Your child can start slowly by saying each sound individually, but each time, they should try to say it just a bit faster.


Ask your child to say the correct sounds as they point to the letters:


o n

on


And:

o ff

off

And:

r e d

r e d

red

And:

c a p

c a p

cap

And:

h u t

h u t

hut

And:

f i n

f i n

fin

Silly Sentences


If you think your child is ready, see if they can read this:


I can run fast. Mom and dad can not.

I ran on and on. Mom and dad did not run.

I had fun. Mom and dad did not.


If they read it smoothly, great! If they struggle, have them re-read it another time or two to get it right.

Letter Memory

This weekend would be a great time to play the “Letter Memory” game with your child. It’s just like the classic “memory” game except with letters instead of pictures. You'll need at least one sheet of paper, scissors, and a pen or pencil.

You can do this with any number of letters, but let’s say you want your child to practice 8 letters. You’ll need to fold a piece of paper into 16 squares (see here if you want to see how it’s done) and cut out the squares.

Write one letter per square, and make sure it has a matching pair. You can pick any letters your child has struggled with, or I’ll recommend the letters: m, n, h, i, o, f, r, and e.

To start the game, lay out each of the slips of the paper with the letters facing down. The first person chooses two letters to flip over (and has to say the correct sound the letters make). If the letters match, the player gets to keep the pair and try for two more. If the letters do not match, they turn them back over and let the next person take their turn.

The game continues until all the letters have been correctly matched. The person with the most pairs wins.


That’s it for this week. Enjoy the holiday, and we’ll see you on Monday,

~Chad

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