Why do the sound objects help children learn phonics? Sound awareness is the beginning of learning a language. These miniature items represent common things that children recognize in their daily life, ranging from, household items, vehicles, food, animals, plants, etc. They should be items that the child already knows and remembers from his daily life. The child can hear and say the words, and he will start to identiy the beginning sound of the object in hand. Tangible objects that the child can play with are much more effective than pictures or flash cards.
In the set, there are over 60 sound objects covering all the 26 letters, with each sound having at least one object, and some sounds with 2-3 objects. It is intended to be a beginning set of objects that the parent can play with their children with.They can collect more miniatures that suit their child’s interest.
Enjoy the sound games together with your children! It’s fun to use the sound objects for I spy games, sound sorting and sound matching activities.
If you already have a sound cabinet at home, and only need the sound objects, now you can get it on the website! Even if you don’t have a sound cabinet, it is ideal to place these objects sorted in an organized manner in sectioned boxes.
We also include the list of the objects by alphabet but children often make their own interpretations and that’s totally fine too! (apple tree vs tree). (goldfish vs fish)
The key of the sound cabinet, is to make the once-in-a-life-time language journey a beautiful, fun, interactive and memorable one!
Here are the steps recommended for using the sound objects with sound cabinet along with other Montessori language materials.
- Familiarize the child with the objects and sounds only, with I-Spy games, so that the child is able to recognize the beginning sound and say it. (You can look up I-Spy Games or Montessori Sound Games for more details on how to do it)
- Introduce the symbol of each beginning sound ONE BY ONE with the object and sound the child already know. For example, this is c, c-a-t, c for cat, this is how we write “c.”
- You may use the Montessori Sandpaper Letters to trace the letter as each letter is introduced. The muscle memory and the movement of tracing help to engrain the letter in the Child’s mind easily.
- After the child can recognize the beginning sounds, go on to analyze the ending sounds of the words, and then work on the middle sounds. Repeat sound games with objects. Object matching with letter sounds or sorting objects by sounds are useful at this stage.
- Finally, use the movable alphabet to assist the child to construct a word independently. Show him an object, analyze the sounds, c-a-t, and let him find the letters and put the word together.
This is a process that could take as short as a few months, but for most non-English speaking families, it could take up to a year or more. Be prepared and be patient, and be amazed by the child’s ability to absorb and learn!
The Sound Object Set is suggest for 3 years old and up. Adult Supervision is always recommended during use. Beware of choking hazard, in particular the smaller miniature objects if you have younger children at home that is still in the mouthing stage.
Please note: we will update the list of the sound object list from time to time, and the objects in each set may be slightly different.