This Alphabet Beginning Sounds Cover Up! Game is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners who are learning to recognize beginning sounds! With simple slides and interactive elements, the kids will love this alphabet activity.
PLEASE NOTE: This download included Google Slides and Seesaw formats. For ease of reading, this post only mentions Google Slides.
Learning the sounds of letters is one of the first steps of learning to read. In fact, kids can learn beginning sounds before they ever see a printed letter! Because recognizing beginning sounds is an auditory skill, preschoolers do not need to learn to recognize written letters before working on sounds.
In fact, some say encourage learning the sounds of letters BEFORE learning the names of the letters (such as in the alphabet song) because the names of the letters sound different than the actual sounds that the letters make when they are read.
For example, “Bee” is the pronunciation for the letter be, but when read the letter makes the shorter “b” sound.
Introducing preschoolers to beginning sounds is as simple as having a conversation and talking about the sounds for words.
“D is for Dog. ‘D’, ‘D’, dog.”
“Here is a cup. ‘C’, ‘C’, cup.”
Let’s read a book. ‘B’, ‘B’, book.”
These simple pauses in conversations are a great way to introduce beginning sounds to kids without it even feeling like work.
Another great way to work on beginning sounds is with the multitude of alphabet books that are available. There are so many books to choose from!
This Alphabet Beginning Sounds Cover Up! game is another way to practice beginning sounds.
Read through the words on each page pausing to ask the child if it matches the sound of the letter you are working on.
Then, have your child drag the stars to cover up the correct pictures.
Grab this fun activity below!
Using Google Slides for Learning
Using Google Slides for education is super easy. Seriously, I learned how in a matter of minutes.
So, even if you’ve never used Google Slides before, you can start using them with your kids today.
The first step is to sign into your Google Drive or Google Classroom.
Then, download the resource at the end of this post. The file delivered to your e-mail contains the link for the Google Slides file. When you click on the link, it will ask you to “Make a Copy” before using the activity.
PLEASE NOTE: You must make a copy, otherwise you will be changing the master file for everyone.
Once, you make a copy, you will also want to make a copy for each of your students. Save one master copy for yourself in a safe folder on Google Drive.
Then, you can send the files to your students!
The kids can open the file and start using the activity right away. It will open in ‘edit’ format and should stay that way. If the ‘present’ button is accidentally clicked, the file will not be interactive and must be switched back to ‘edit’ mode.