Early Reading Language Resources we Love!

Rose is in kindergarten half time and her reading and writing is developing in leaps and bounds. She is reading sight words and simple readers but her confidence is low. When she is not in kindergarten she wants activities to complete with Granny. These are a mixture of independent tasks and those which will need Granny help!

Matching Upper and Lower Case Letters

This is a great activity Daisy enjoyed at the same age. Correct letter formation is important to know at an early age to ensure a student’s kinaesthetic (movement) memory commits to well formed letters. It is more difficult to unlearn an incorrect method.

Identifying Initial Sounds with Alphabet Objects

Alphabet Objects

With 3 objects for each letter sound, sorting these objects requires phonics skills.


Making words with Word Building Pebbles


Letter pebbles are great for the visual and tactile reminder of letter formation and their sounds. As Rose lifts the pebbles she makes the letter sound and places in order to make a word.

Playing with Word Families

This post involves Daisy making cvc words from a game and dice.

Using Letter Tracing Stamps

Tracing letter stamps

We all know writing goes hand in hand with reading. Read about how Rose uses letter stamps here.

Using Build-A-Sentence Cubes 


With six colour coded sentence structures and  a related high frequency word on all six sides, there are lots of sentence options with these cubes.

Writing Sentences with Sentence Strips

Writing Sentences

This paper is fabulous for disccussing letter formation as we did here.

The invitation

The colour recognition of “dirt, grass and sky” adds an extra step, helping a student remember the letter structure.

Playing Spot It! Basic English.

As well as reinforcing sight word recognition, this game is just pure fun!

Of course one of the main activities Rose does is READING!



The Sound ‘P’

For the sound ‘P’ our activities included:

  • Making Pancakes:

We mostly cheat and use pancake mix but I feel better about this by using a wholewheat mix, when I can find it, and by adding flax. With this batch of pancakes, we also added chopped apples, from a friends garden.

Daisy loves helping by measuring, cracking eggs and mixing. I let her drop the pancake batter onto the pan this time. She was nervous of the hot pan and we ended up with some funny shaped pancakes but she was very proud.

  • Making and Eating ‘P’ foods

We made pizza from pita and added our own toppings; pasta sauce, tuna, peppers, zucchini and cheese. This a favourite weekend activity in our house but we did it on ‘P’ day for lunch. Rose loves her pizza and peas.

  • Paypaya Still Life

While I am a big fan of crafts, I love art for art’s sake. I found a papaya at the grocery store last week and decided that my kids should love papaya as much as I do. It doesn’t always work like that but I can try!  We talked about the colour, texture and smell and Daisy drew and coloured.

Her first image was done while the papaya was still whole. She hypothesised about what would be inside and guessed the flesh would be white and the seeds black.

Her second image is drawn looking at the cut papaya. One of our go to alphabet books is A is for Ampe:

and P is for Paw Paw (aka Papaya) in this book. I ate papaya most days when I lived in both Rwanda and Togo and love it with lime juice over it. Rose loved the taste but Daisy was a little disturbed by the seeds and didn’t want to try it. Next time hopefully she will love it!

  • ‘P’ Yoga Postures

Peacock (imagine the tail feathers I told her; we are working on sitting tall with a sting pulling us up, like a puppet)


Pretzel (spinal twist; inhaling and letting the head lead the twist, holding for 8 and slowly releasing)

  • Making CVC words with ‘P’ in them. 

I use the JP Handbook to list the words on our blackboard in the kitchen and Daisy makes the words either on the fridge independently or with us. Here she is working with her Papa using magnetic teaching tiles.

  • Singing about the sound ‘p’ and making ‘p’ puff actions
  • Making ‘p’ paper bag puppets.

Boma and Daisy worked to make princess puppets and enjoyed playing with the puppet theatre and her other puppets.

  • Looking at various representations of Pp on Pinterest
  • Reading about ‘p’ in Jolly Stories
  • Quick ‘p’ find; Pug (the real one wouldn’t stay still!), pan, puzzle, pen, pencil, pig, pear, pom-pom and ponytail.

  • Pom-pom activity

This idea was taken from another blog; Engaging Toddler Activities and I thought Rose would love it.

I used an old container and cut slices with scissors. She loved pushing the pom poms though and wondering where they went. This kept her amused for 20 minutes! She even came back to it later in the day.

The sound ‘A’

We were working on ‘A’ last week. Here are some of the ‘a’ activities:

– Quick ‘a’ find; animals, ankle, apples, Alligator Baby

– Finding ‘a’ in books; we looked through Rose’s alphabet books and did a search for ‘a’ book titles.

– Finger writing ‘a’ and reading ‘a’ words. Jolly Phonics uses the letter in the middle of a word as well as at the beginning.

– Leaning about ants. We borrowed ‘What is an Insect?’ from the library and learned that insects have three body parts and six legs. This led to classifying our Backyard Bugs which was a lot of fun. The dragonfly was an issue for Daisy as it was hard to see the thorax but we agreed it was an insect eventually. Another great book we read is called ‘Ants’. It has beautiful photographs (if you can call ants beautiful!) and clearly presented information.

– Making cardboard ants.

You need:

What to do:

Cut the egg carton into 3 part sections. Daisy gave this a go and I finished it off.

Paint the ant body brown and leave to dry.

Make holes in the thorax using a pencil and hold-it.

Add stems to make the legs. So I was figuring out how to thread the legs through each side (using 2 stems and folding the stem into 3). Daisy lifted her ant body and started to thread the stem through as you can see in the picture. Her thinking was much more logical then mine. I love it when kids teach you!

We had to fold the legs to make the ant stand up.  Adding wiggle eyes completed the craft.

– Making ants on a log.

When I asked Daisy how ants many were on the log, Daisy responded that she had one ant. When I questioned her (thinking I had put 3 raisins on the cheese) she responded “Only one ant mummy, see here is the head, the thorax and the abdomen”. I guess that tells me!

– Making marshmallow ants

Marshmallows, toothpick legs and antennae and choc chip eyes make very cute ants.

Rose enjoyed a mini version, toothpick free, while cooling down from playing outside.

Online ant jigsaw

This was an interesting introduction to using the mouse. I discovered that when it comes to teaching anything techie my patience is lacking. I handed this activity off to my husband who did a great job.

All in all it was a great sound ‘A’ week. Look out for ‘T’ next week.