The first steps in learning to read are to recognise the sound each letter makes, and then blend them together to make words. Here are some activities to help your child learn the letter sounds. You can find out more about learning to read using letter sounds, or phonics, on our blog – see below – and there are also links to useful websites via Usborne Quicklinks.
Ask your child to make the sound of each letter as they do the activities. Don't say the name of the letter, only the sound, for example, 'k-u-h' for the letter 'c'. You can listen to the sounds (or 'phonemes') for all the letters at Usborne Quicklinks (see below).
Visit Usborne Quicklinks for links to online activities to help children learning to read, and a phoneme pronunciation guide.
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