Archive for September, 2010

September 20th, 2010

Congratulations-You’ve Made it! R After a Vowel in Sentences

This is the last part of learning to say an R sound correctly.  When your child can say R after a vowel correctly in words, you’re ready to try sentences.  This might not happen right away.  You might have to keep working on words for a few weeks or even months.  Don’t try to rush it.  Learning a new way of talking can take time.

Even when your child can say the sounds correctly in sentences, he may not be 100% correct in conversation.  If that’s the case, it’s a good idea to keep practising.  Once a week should do it.  Read Ready for R or talk about R words for a few minutes. Make a list of the words your child uses a lot that are difficult for him.  Focus on those words.  Gradually you’ll find you won’t have to remind him to “Use the bear sound“.  When you haven’t even thought about it or noticed errors for a few weeks, you’ll know you’ve arrived.  Congratulations.

Activity: Guessing game.  Describe the word you’re thinking of.  When the child guesses correctly, have him say the word in sentences.  Here are some examples;

It’s orange.

It’s a vegetable.

Rabbit’s like to eat it.

carrot A carrot is orange.

It grows in a garden.

A carrot is a vegetable.

It has wheels.

You drive it.

It has a steering wheel.

car A car has 4 wheels.

It has a steering wheel.

A car is for driving.

It’s a kind of cereal.

It’s round.

It has a whole in the middle.

cheerios Cheerios are round.

I eat cheerios for breakfast.

I eat cheerios with a spoon.

September 5th, 2010

The Home Stretch-R after a Vowel

If you’ve followed this blog and Ready for R from the beginning, you’ve come a long way.  You’ve introduced the Bear sound “rrrrrr”.  You’ve made your way through R at the beginning of words (rabbit, road, ring) and R blends (cracker, tractor, free).   If your child can say all these words and sentences correctly about 8 times out of ten, he’s ready to tackle R after a vowel.  You’ll be happy to hear your getting to the end!

It’s not hard to find words for this section.  These are a few that are used a lot:

her were there are very   for ever never  or four over first

I’ve left R after a vowel to the end because many children find these R‘s more difficult.  Your child might be able to say some of these R‘s correctly and not others.  Be aware that they aren’t all pronounced the same way.  The vowel sound before the R makes it challenging at times.  Try to say these words yourself;

more hair fire ear fur around

The vowel sounds in the first 4 words are called dipthongs.  If you say the vowel sound slowly,  it’s almost like saying 2 vowels together.  Try it.

more –    ” m  o  er”

hair –      ” h ay  er”

fire –       ” f  ai   er”

ear –        “ee    er”

Begin by looking at the word list in the book. These are in the green section.  Make your own word list if you don’t have the book.  Look for words in your child’s favourite book.  Look for books about bears, firefighters, cars etc.  Don’t forget, your child is just learning to say one word at a time. Wait until he can say many of these words correctly 8 out of 10 times before you try sentences.

Activities: Look at the Ruined Recipe page for  R words to talk about while baking these sugar cookies.  Heat the oven to 350.

3 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup butter

11/2 cup sugar

2 well beaten eggs

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 tblsp. milk

Cream butter and sugar.  Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add eggs and vanilla to the butter and sugar.  Add dry ingredients and milk.  If you want to roll this out and cut out stars and circles, chill the dough first.  A simpler method is to just  roll small balls, place on a greased cookie sheet, and press with a fork dipped in water.

Bake for about 10 minutes.  Take out of the oven then sprinkle sugar on top. Enjoy!

Alternative:  Pretend to make cookies with playdough.  Don’t forget to talk about stirring.  You could have fun pouring tea at a  pretend tea party too.