What You Need:
- 26 brown paper lunch bags
What You Do:
- Ask your child to label each bag with one letter of the alphabet with markers.
- Tell your would-be pirate that he is about to embark on a treasure hunt. Together, you'll find items to fill each of the treasure bags. But here's the catch: you must look for objects whose names begin with the letter on each bag. (For example: A=apple, B=ball, C=car, etc.)
- Help your child sort through his toys, search the kitchen, troll the living room. Urge him along with questions like, “What is this?” or “What sound do you hear at the beginning of the word when you say its name?” When he tells you the sound, for example “bah” for ball, ask him what letter makes that sound, then ask him to put it in the appropriate bag.
- If your house is short on certain letters, take your quest to the street! Walk around the neighborhood looking for plants or other objects to fill the empty letter bags.
- All right pirates, review! Once each bag has at least one object, ask him to reach a hand in, hold up the treasures, and recite their names and the letters they start with.
You can keep the bags and review one letter each day, or better yet, ask your child to make up a story using all the items in a given letter bag. Write down what he says and you'll have an instant book, ready for homemade illustrations, and sure to be treasured on the road to reading.