How to Introduce a New Sound
A Simple Four Step Guide
Take a look at our simple four step guide to find out how to introduce a new sound.
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| Step 1
Capital and lower case
Introduce the capital and lower case letters at the same time. It's important for children to be able to identify both capital and lower case letters. Explain that we use lower case letters most of the time, but we use capital letters at the start of a sentence and for names of people and places.
Letter name and sound
Say the name of the letter and the sound it makes. It's important for children to know both the letter name and the sound. Letter names are often used in shop names, addresses and in the ABC song.
Writing the letter
Practise writing the letter in the air with your finger before using a pencil. The larger muscles in our arm and hand are easier to control and will help your child learn the shape of the letter. Once you have written it in the air a few times have a go with a pencil.
Go on a hunt around the house to find objects that begin with the sound. Making learning fun and active will help children to remember the information.