The “Consonant” Gardener

I found this idea on Pinterest. It is called a consonant digraph and is meant to teach consonant sounds. I like it because it is a fun and different way to represent consonant sounds.

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I laminated them because Joe can be…destructive with paper. I’m sure telling him that he cannot rip paper is confusing because we have done activities where he rips paper. We used to do it to help develop his fine motor skills and the small muscles in his hands. In hindsight, I probably should have found another activity to do this.

I almost decided to laminate before writing the consonants and words on the construction paper, but then it would be more difficult, not to mention time consuming, to review each. Also, Joe would lose interest faster.

Joe knows his letters and what sounds they make so this is the next step on the path to learning to read. There are lots of other sounds to learn besides just the alphabet. While there are only 26 letters, there are 44 units of sound called phonemes…the smallest unit of sound. I’m starting with these and will add the others in groups of three.

The link below will take you to the list of 44 phonemes with examples of words that contain them.


Of course this will take time and Joe will not fully understand until he’s a bit older, but as I’ve said in previous posts…a child’s mind is like a sponge and starting early (but not pushing too hard) will help in the long run.

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