Sound games are essential in preparing the child for language. These activities are the foundation for the phonetic system of reading that is used in the Montessori method. The idea behind playing sound games is to bring to the child’s awareness that every word is full of many components or sounds. This material focuses on the initial phonetic sounds of words (the vowels are short vowel sounds) The letter 'x' is not included in this series (read below to find out why). These mats can be used for teaching phonetic sounds, letter names, vocabulary enrichment, and sorting & classification of sounds.
Includes 3 variations of the same mats:
The letter X is pronounced K-S, it is 2 single phonetic sounds put together. If the X is at the beginning of a word, it makes the zzz sound (as in xylophone) or a sound like "eggs" (as in Xavier). But if it is at the end of a word, it makes the -cks sound. In the word 'Xerox' it makes both the 'z' sound and the 'cks' sound. It's a complicated concept for young children who are just learning the single phonetic sounds, so it is not included in this material.
There are two variations for the letter 'q'. Both 'q' and 'qu' mats are included. In the English language the letter Q is almost always followed by the letter U: quilt, quit, queen. It is considered a phonogram (2 letters together that make 1 sound).
Each mat prints on 8½" x 11" paper. Individual cards are approx. 2" x 2½".
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