Wanted to share an anecdote – we were out for an early morning walk with our granddaughters (4 and 6) the other day and met several people walking their dogs. The first 2 dogs were Pic and Poc and the third was Penny. I said to the girls, “Pic, Poc, Penny – they all start /p/”.
“I wonder if the next dog we meet will have a name that starts /p/?” Identifying the sound, rather than the letter name was so natural after saying the 3 words!
We then started brainstorming dog names that started with “/p/”. My 4-year old granddaughter was able to contribute because we were working with the initial sound. Sounds first – absolutely!
NOTE: Our Blackline Master 4 – Initial Sounds gives children additional practice with identifying the initial sound of words.