We created this book yesterday (Carter’s 2 years and 3 months old) and already I’ve been surprised at how quickly it’s prompted Carter to ask ‘what does …. start with’ long after we’ve put the book away.
All you’ll need for this one is a scrapbook, some magazines and textas and away you go.
I’ve written an upper and lowercase letter on each page and we have been cutting and pasting pictures that start with that letter on all the pages. I always write the name of the picture underneath it, making specific reference to the initial letter being the same as letter on the page and the sound it makes. E.g: ‘So flowers start with f. F for flowers. ffffff’. It’s really important to not only focus on identifying the letter but also ensuring your child knows what sound it makes-without that knowledge they won’t be able to make the connection when hearing it in words.
At the moment I’m telling Carter what a lot of the pictures start with, but as his knowledge of letter sounds build hopefully he will soon be telling me what the initial sound is. We also find the letter page together, again reinforcing letter identification as part of the activity. This one’s a great one to read together each night as well.