L E X I A L E V E L S 1 - 3 A Picnic in the Woods A Day at the Beach A Snow Day in the City
LEVEL 1 (preschool)
SKILLS: Rhyming Letter Matching Categorizing Pictures Nursery Rhymes Print Concepts
TRY THIS AT HOME:
1. RHYME ALL THE TIME: Play games to practice rhyming and categorizing! Say a word, like log, and see if your child can come up with words that rhyme, like dog and hog. Or, give her/him a category, such as animals, and see how many he can think of.
2. BEDTIME STORY: Read a story to your child. As you read, use your finger to follow along with the words. When you see a short vowel word (hot, sat, sit, bet, etc), sound it out as if you were practicing the word yourself. We call this "modeling". After you finish the story, retell: can your child tell you what happened in the beginning, the middle, and the end? We call this "sequencing".
3. HAVE A PICNIC: Try categorizing your food into groups! Let your child think of the categories or model a few first. You could sort by colors, by type of food, by sweet/salty, anything! Bonus: can they make the BEGINNING sound of the foods? For example, if you hold up a grape, can your child say, "ggg". Bonus: Can they say, "gggg, letter g".
1. SOUND GAMES: Play games to build sound awareness and vocabulary as you look for objects around you. Say a sound, like /m/, and see if your child can find something that starts with that sound. Or, describe an object (I see a small, soft toy.) and see if she can guess what it is!
2. SORT OCEAN LIFE: Draw ocean and beach creatures! As you draw, talk about their anatomy. Then, cut them out and ask your child to categorize the animals! They can sort by anatomy (fins vs legs), by habitat, by first sound, anything! Say a sound (like /d/) and see if your child can find the correct animal!
1. SOUND COUNT: Count the sounds of objects around you (/d/-/i/-/sh/ has 3 sounds!),
2. SYLLABLE COUNT: Count the syllables of objects around you! (dish has ONE syllable!). Some people like to "clap syllables". I find it is easiest to use your chin to count syllables! Put the palm of your hand under your chin and say the word "dish". Your chin moves down once, so there is one syllable! Now try it with "gorilla". It moves three times, so there are three syllables!
3. ATTACH AN ADJECTIVE: Draw a snowy scene and, once you're done, describe the items with adjectives! Take a snowman....he could be a large snowman, a funny snowman or a scary snowman!