Written By: Greg Whitfield
It's right after H and comes right before J
I is another letter with two different sounds, the most obvious of which is the long I (ice, island). It is the short I sound, however, that most beginning readers encounter in simple text (is, it, in, big). The following game is useful for solidifying this sound, as well as reinforcing the ability to hear sounds in order.
With a set of magnetic alphabet letters and a cookie sheet, form the word "big". Say each SOUND as you slide the corresponding letter up, identify /i/ as the medial sound. Next, ask what would happen if the /b/ were replaced by /p/ (careful to always refer to the sound, not the letter name). Say the sounds in sequence as you push the letters upward on the cookie sheet. By changing one sound each time, you can create an endless chain of words, each containing the short /i/ sound (big-pig-wig-win-fin-in-it-hit-mit...).
The repetition of the short /i/ sound (coupled with the visual reinforcement of seeing the letter moved each time along with the sound) will solidify it in your child's mind. This technique is useful for drilling other letter sounds as well, and it's very effective for training a beginning reader's eyes and ears to hear and see the sequence of sounds in a word.
Copyright © 1998 Greg Whitfield/Munchkin Records