Teaching The Letter G
In order to speak the letter G correctly you need to teach your child how to move their mouth. Tell them to move the back portion of their tongue upwards to the rear of their mouth. The tongue should slightly touch when the sound of G is made.
Easy words that start with G that your child may know are as follows:
When you are teaching letter G to preschoolers, you need to be consistent and show a lot of patience with them as they will make mistakes. Make a point of reading every day to your child. You can get books on the letter G from a lot of places, and this includes buying them from stores or borrowing them from the library. Be sure to choose a letter G book that has pictures and nursery rhymes if possible.
Is there a G in your child’s name? If there is then you can have a lot of fun spelling out their name with cut-out or magnetic letters. Point out to them where G occurs in their name. If there is no G in their name then use the names of TV characters, or other members of the family that have names with the letter G in them.
Your child maybe familiar with other names that start with the letter G. Some examples could be:
If they are already familiar with these names then you can try more complex names such as:
Be Sure To Have Fun Teaching The Letter G
Do you want to know the best way of teaching your child the letter G? Well it’s easy, just make it fun. When things are fun for your toddler they will want to do them over and over again. Linking fun to learning is a great thing to do. There are things that you can use to add to the fun factor, and letter G worksheets should be one of them. Letter G worksheets for preschool kids that have funny pictures are the best.
To really have fun with learning the letter G you should find good letter G songs that you can both learn and sing together. Your child will also find letter G videos interesting and combining the two is great as the example below demonstrates.
Everything that you can do together that is fun will make your child happy to learn about the letter G. So make the effort to sing the songs and watch the videos together. Your child will love this and want to do it regularly.
Some Great Letter G Activities For Preschool Kids
Look At Home For Things That Start With The Letter G
It is time to go looking for those things in your home that begin with the letter G. There are always more of these than you think, but to give you a start think about glue, gloves, glass, grill, garden, grapes, grass and game. Maybe you have a grandma and grandpa at home and possibly a girl?
What about the words that your child will hear spoken by adults, older brothers or sisters, on the TV or by others visiting your home? There are lots of possibilities here including grain, garage, green, great, grind, grow, garbage, gift and grey. Make this real for your child by showing pictures of objects or the real thing.
Then there are the words with the letter G in them but not at the beginning. There are certainly a few of these and for kids you can be thinking egg, bug, rug, big, night, right, bag, tag, beg, leg, dog, fog and so on. Always remember that just talking about these words will not be as good as showing the words spelled out so your child can see the letter G.
Make it a point to find as many things inside and outside your home that either start with G or have a G in them. Call this the “G words game”. When you are outside with your child look for road and street signs, or things in the store.
Letter G Animals
All kids love animals so find as many animals that start with the letter G as you can. Most kids will be familiar with giraffe and goat and maybe even grizzly bear but try to teach them about other animals such as goose, gorilla and gecko.
Move on to animals that have the letter G in their name but not at the beginning. An easy example is dog, and then there is alligator, angelfish and badger. Did you forget tiger, cougar, frog and eagle? When you are showing pictures of these animals to your toddler, be sure to spell out the letters of their names and ask them to show you where the letter G is.
Show Them Pictures Of The Letter G
It is really important that your child learn the difference between big letter G (capital letter G) and the small letter G (lowercase letter G). The best way to do this is to show them pictures of the letter G in both formats.
Explain to them when a capital G would be used, such as at the start of somebody’s name, and you can even get them to trace the letter G formats. This will help with their letter G writing and understanding of the big letter/small letter concept.
The Phonics Of The Letter G Are Important Too
Phonics instruction is where a child learns the different sounds that letters of the alphabet can make, and then uses this knowledge to form complete words. It has been proven time and time again that teaching the individual phonemes or sounds really helps with a child’s reading development. There is more information on the letter G sounds below.
English Alphabet LETTER G SOUNDS:
The 7th letter in the alphabet is G. It is a voiced, short sound consonant and using the vocal cords makes the letter sound. Many parents teach this letter as the “guh” sound but it is not correct…it’s simply /g/. A few of the other short sound consonants are B, C, D and K.
GIVE: /g/ /i/ /v/ /e/
GET: /g/ /e/ /t/
GIFT: /g/ /i/ /f/ /t/
Exercises for /g/
- Before you begin, print a piece of paper for the Letter G/g
- Also print a piece of paper with the following words for G:
- Show your child the Letter on the index card or paper and repeat the letter sound several times: G
- Note: Be sure to pronounce G as /g/ and NOT /guh/ other wise the child will pronounce G words as /guh/ /u/ /m/ instead of /g/ /u/ /m/ or /b/ /a/ /guh/ instead of /b/ /a/ /g/
- Listen carefully as your child repeats the sound after you
- Ask your child if different words have the /g/ sound and wait to see the response. Always repeat the word using the letter sound to be sure your child knows the sound
- Continue to repeat other short sound G words such as FIG, BAG, DOG, GIVE
- Finalize the lesson by asking your child to tell you the sound of the letters6
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