Before children can begin reading, they must develop strong phonemic awareness.  If you ask your child, “what is the first sound you hear in hat?”  You want them to answer /h/.  If you ask your child, “what is the last sound you hear in hat?”  You want them to answer /t/.  Children need this skill before they can learn to read.  Phonemic awareness skills are the basis for reading and without this important skill, potential reading difficulties might occur in the early reading stage.  A child who has strong and solid phonemic awareness skills will have a strong reading foundation to develop with.  Lets  play a fun phonemic awareness game.  

On today’s post, I am going to share with you a really great movement game that will help your child listen for beginning and ending sounds in words.   Your kiddos will really love this fun movement game that helps build phonemic awareness. So… let’s get started with Sit or Stand: A fun phonemic awareness game.

Beginning Sounds

You will say two words to your child.  The child will stand up if the words begin with the same sound.  The child will sit down if the beginning sounds do not match.

Butterfly  – Ball (stand up)

Bag – Can (sit down)

Fish – Fan (stand up)

Man – Monster (stay standing up)

Lollipop – Bear (sit down)

Jellybean – Jet (stand up)

Jump – Fan (sit down)

Belt – Light (stay sitting down)

Goat – Ghost (stand up)

Cat – Cow (stay standing up)

Hat – Goat (sit down)

Lost – Hot (stand up)

Hop – Lip (stay standing up)

Tip – Sand (sit down)

Ending Sounds

You will say two words to your child.  The child will stand up if the words end with the same sound.  The child will sit down if the ending sounds do not match.

Gold – Held (stand up)

Ham – Dim (stay standing up)

Cab – Jig (sit down)

Bag – Bean (stay sitting down)

Leg – Log (stand up)

Hem – Hit (sit down)

Fit – Hot (stand up)

Bus – Miss (stay standing up)

Cat – Hop (sit down)

Low- Mow (stand up)

Ran – Hat (sit down)

Bat – Man (stay sitting down)

Lap – Sip (stand up)

Fig – Hot (sit down)

I hope you enjoy this activity. You might also enjoy looking into The PRIDE Reading Program!

This Orton-Gillingham program is easy to follow, heavily scripted out affordable and homeschooling parents teachers and tutors use it with success.  The PRIDE Reading Program really helps to improve reading skills in kids. 

Thank you for reading my post today!

Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at or visit the website at
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