We use these animals in our classroom to help the children learn both the letters of the alphabet and the sounds the letters make. Each animal has a name, a special action, and a sound it makes while doing the action. For example, when Allie Alligator chomps her big jaws, she says the /a/, /a/, /a/ sound. When children say the sounds, they should sound crisp and without the extra "a" sound at the end. For example, the sound for the letter d should not sound like "da" and the sound for the letter m should not sound like "ma."
You may practice using this chart at home by pointing to each animal and saying its name. Ask your chiild if they know what the animal does (the action.) In class, we say, "Allie Alligator says /a/, /a/, /a/" (while moving our arms like the alligator's mouth.) Say the sounds while doing the actions. "Bubba Bear says /b/, /b/, /b/" (while reaching up and pulling down the honey.) Continue only as long as your child is having fun and showing interest in the activity. Listed here are the animal names and the actions for each animal.