*Spell the Sound
Now they know their letters, but can they spell sounds? At a certain point, it's helpful to stop asking what's the letter and ask, "How do you spell that sound?" Start shifting their mindset to understand letters are used to SPELL sounds. How do you spell /s/? How do you spell /sh/? S-H is not a letter, but rather a spelling that makes the sound /sh/. Get those fingers ready for this tactile game and practice SPELLING SOUNDS!
Rhyme Family is an easy but impactful one. Pick a word (start with easy, one syllable words- me, cat, man, top) and ask your little to say as many words as they can that rhyme with that word. They are building two big skills here- rhyme & phonemic awareness- by replacing the beginning sound with other sounds. Happy rhyming!
This routine is a big one! Say the word.--Little one says the word.--What's the first sound?---Little one says the sound.---Spell that sound.--What's the next sound?---Little one says the sound.--Spell that sound.--What's the last sound?--Little one says the sound.--Spell that sound.--When done, Little one spells it out loud and reads it. Done, perfect spelling! (Eventually they won't need you, they'll do this process on their own.)