IRVINE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
FAMILY LITERACY PROJECT
Phonemic Awareness Activities For 6-7 Year Olds
Guidelines for Use of Following Activities
Attached you will find a "developmental" list of activities to reinforce what is happening in your child's classroom. We hope this is a positive and fun one-on-one time with your child.
These activities are intended to be done orally and for short periods of time (5-7 min.) repeatedly in every day life. Examples: in the car, in the bath, waiting for appointments, car wash, in line, etc...
- Parent reads a Nursery Rhyme aloud. Child identifies rhyming words heard in nursery rhyme.
- "Rhyme Hunt": Parent thinks of a one syllable word. Ex: "you". Parent chants, "Let's make a rhyme for "you". Child: "stew"
Sample word list:
bookcook treeflea tryfly twoblue teabee pothot wallwall playday
Identify any rhymes you come across in your daily reading with your child.
- "What Does Not Belong Game": Parent gives child three words. Two of the words rhyme. Child finds word that does not belong (does not rhyme).
Parent: "Rat, men, hat"
Sample Word List
hitsitfat henTompen mancanbell hillmoptop
Blending and Segmenting Words
Parent says, "Start with "l", add "unch". What's the word?"
Parent: "Start with "s" and add "andwich". What's the word?"
Parent: "Start with "superma", add an "n" sound. What's the word?"
Parent: "Start with "stam", add a "p" sound. What's the word?"
Continue above activities with any familiar words.
Parent says three words with same middle vowel sound.
Parent: "Teeth, cheek, deep. What sound do you hear in the middle?"
Continue activity with different vowel sounds.
Sample word list:
Whole Word (from part to whole)
Parent gives child one syllable word to blend, one sound at a time.
Parent: "B...i...g". What's the word?"
Parent: "S...t...o...p". What's the word?"
Helpful Hint: A great time to accomplish this task is in your car. You can read street signs and other print that you may come across.
Whole Word (from whole to part/phonetic spelling awareness)
Parent says entire word: "Big"
Child says each individual sound: "B...i...g"
Sample word list (any words will work)
nest sand mop when top rat game rug
"Change the Name Game":
Parent: "Say 'man'"
Parent: "Say it again, but this time say 't' instead of 'm'."
Parent uses word families to continue playing game substituting beginning, sounds to make new words. See attached list of word families for more practice.
*Also revisit activities on Phonemic Awareness Activities For 4-5-6 Year Olds list.