Sound Analogy Wall Cards for the Early Childhood Classroom

Sound analogies help children remember phonemes by illustrating them with a similar sound in the real world. Most of the pictures in this set are also alphabetic example words. To understand an ordinary alphabet example word, however, you have to have phoneme awareness; that is, you have to detect the phoneme at the beginning of the spoken word to pair it with the letter. However, children who already have phoneme awareness don’t need alphabetic example words! These sound-analogy cards suggest familiar, real-world sounds that will help children learn to detect phonemes and symbolize them with letters. Many of the ideas for these cards came from the Open Court series, which originated the idea of sound analogies. Teachers who print these images on 8.5 x 11 cardstock will have an excellent alphabet frieze for their classrooms. Below each picture is one or more common spellings for that phoneme.

Click on the picture of the lamb for the complete set of sound analogy cards as a 26-page jpeg.

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