An alphabet sounds chart is a great resource for young readers and writers. I created it specifically for my Kindergartner.
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Alphabet Sounds Chart
After creating our numbers 1-20 chart, I got LOTS of requests for an alphabet chart, too.
We already have a beginning sounds chart, but the alphabet sounds chart I’m posting today is a little simpler for younger learners.
This sound chart is a little different from other charts that you might find on the web.
For one thing, the letter formation for each letter is included. So, learners can use this as a phonics chart to help them spell as well as remember the formation of their letters. Woot!
Secondly, it includes more than just one sound per letter.
- The vowels include the long and short sounds.
- Cc and Gg include both their hard and soft sounds.
- Xx includes the /z/ sound you hear at the beginning of xylophone and the /ks/ sound at the end of box.
- Yy has three sounds featured: 1- the /y/ sound at the beginning of yarn, 2- the long i sound at the end of fly, and 3- the long e sound at the end of baby.
Handling Multiple Sounds with Young Learners
Now, this may seem rather complicated to work on all these multiple sounds, but it can be as simple as this example:
Child is writing: I am… and wants to write happy to end the sentence. She sounds through each letter, using the chart when needed.
If I’m working with the child, when she gets to the -y, I’d say something like: “It sounds like an e goes on the end, doesn’t it? But when we hear that /ee/ sound on the end of words, it is sometimes spelled with a y. Look on your chart and find the letter y. Do you see the baby? The last letter in baby is also a y. Let’s write a y at the end of happy.”
The key is to keep it simple. I doesn’t need to become a full lesson for knowing how to spell these letters with multiple sounds. That wouldn’t be developmentally appropriate for most Kindergartners.
Two Quick Notes:
- This alphabet sounds chart is offered in color & blackline in the download! Keep scrolling to find it below.
- There are TWO versions. Version 1 on the download includes EAGLE as the key picture for long e. Version 2 includes EGRET as the key picture for long e.
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