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It is an awesome feeling when your child knows of all his ABC’s and the sounds they make. It is even better when he or she can put those sounds together and make words and eventually read. Then comes the letters that make different sounds in different words. So now we are back to square one teaching them which sound they should use.
Right now my son is learning about the hard and soft “C”. He gets confused easily and I wanted a way for him to be able to determine which sound to use without getting frustrated. I came up with an awesome anchor chart and a fun game, that not only helps in learning the Hard C and Soft C, but to get your little one moving and laughing.
Here is the anchor chart that I made, please feel free to download it, print it and use it. you can use it as a big chart that you hang on the wall or you can make a binder with the chart in it. I do the binder, this way my son can use his “notes” when doing assignments to help him know the answers.
Now the fun part, the game. I love games and most kids love games too. I know that there are great educational online games, but sometimes, I feel my son needs to get away from the screen and play an old fashion game. This game I created does double duty, it helps in figuring out which “C” is being used and help with following directions and having a little fun too!
The game is called, Hard and Soft C Says. It is like Simon Says, but more educational based. Here are the playing cards, please feel free to print them out and use them or you can create your own. Once you printed the game cards, cut them out and spread them face down on the table.
Then decide who goes first. I went first the very first time we played the game, just to show my son how to play. Pick a card, read the word (there are pictures to help identify the word) and say if it has a soft or hard “C”, then do what the card says, like, “bark like a dog”.
Here is a little tip and where the anchor chart comes in, have the chart next to your child and let him or her refer to the chart to help in deciding which “C” is being used. This will not only help in getting the right answer, but it will also help in remembering how to tell which “C” is being used.
I would love to hear what games you play to help in figuring out which “C” is being used in words. Comment below .
My name is Robin. I am a homeschooling mom of three and I just love to find ways to make learning fun. I am so excited to share my ideas with you. I try to make my ideas as inexpensive as possible. Most of the items I use are things that are around most houses and if you have a printer and ink you are all set. Please feel free to use these ideas in your own learning adventure with your children.