Kindergarten lessons should be fun, engrossing and informative. In order to keep the attention of such a young age group, it is best to turn lessons into games that encourage student participation. There are a number of games that incorporate sound into their rules; by utilizing the integration of sound into other activities, teachers can show students how often they use their sense of hearing without even being aware of it.

## Knock Knock

Playing sound-based games is an appropriate way to introduce the subject to kindergarten students. In "Knock Knock," choose one student to come to the front of the class and turn his back to the rest of the class. Point to another child and have him say, "Knock! Knock!" The student at the front must try to guess who spoke. Rotate until each child has had a turn being the listener.

## Moo's My Partner?

In "Moo's My Partner?" students learn that sounds are an integral part of the way they interact with each other. Divide the students into two equal groups. Assign a different number to every student in the first group. Assign corresponding numbers to every student in the second group so that each child has exactly one partner in the first group. Match number groups to specific animals, such as "All ones are cats," and so on. Tell the students to keep their assigned animal a secret. Have students get on all fours and close their eyes. On the teacher's signal, students should begin to make the sound of their assigned animal. Students should try to find their way to their partner based on hearing the sound of the animal they were assigned to. The game ends when all the students have found their partners.

## Sort by Sound

This activity encourages students to use their sense of hearing to sort words into categories. Divide students into small groups of three or four. Give students pictures of words that fall into a specific category -- for example, words that begin with the letter A. Mix these pictures with pictures of words that do not begin with the specified letter. Have one student in each group look at the picture and say aloud what the object is. The other students should determine if the picture does or does not start with their assigned letter.

## Phonics Books

This is an arts and crafts project based on phonetic awareness. Make a book based on a letter that the class is studying. Ask students to draw objects that begin with that letter. Cut out student drawings and paste them into the book. When finishing a particular letter, encourage the students to discuss what they have learned. Are there any words they thought started with this letter but did not? Are there any words that are new? What do the new words mean?