July 25th, 2010

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

R at the Beginning of Words – Part 3 – Sentences

After a few weeks or a few months of working on words that begin with the R sound, your child might be ready to move on to the next step.  Don’t rush it. Here’s the test; go through the Ready for R word lists.  Ask your child to say each word in the yellow section (words with R at the beginning).  If he can say about 80% of them correctly he’s ready to move on to trying to use these words in sentences.  If not, keep working at the word level, one word at a time.  All children progress at their own rate.  Sometimes, more frequent practising is the key, but not always.

If you don’t have Ready for R, make up 10 of your own R words.  Put a picture or the word on a recipe or index card.  Go through them one at a time. Ask the child to name each one.  Again, if the child is correct 8 out of 10 times, he’s ready to move on to sentences.

This is a handout I use to explain the different levels a child goes through in therapy for the R sound.  I also use it as a reward to show the child what he has accomplished.  We check off each step of the way.

Not yet ready to move on to sentences?  If you continue to read this blog, you’ll still get new activities and teaching tips that you can use as you practise one word at a time

Teaching Tip: Read these sentences out loud at your normal rate of talking.   “Slow down your rate of talking. For some people, this seems to be almost impossible.  It just takes practice.”

Now try reading them slowly. “Slow        down       your       rate       of     talking.      For      some       people,       this       seems      to      be       almost     impossible.     It      just      takes        practice.

If you want to hear fast talking, listen to one of those all-news radio stations. Then, find a John Wayne clip on Youtube.  He’s a good model of a sloooooow talker.  You might want to tape yourself and listen to see how fast you talk.  Monkey see, monkey do, don’t forget.  If your child slows down, it will be easier for him to get the new sound out correctly.  If you slow down, he will be able to pay more attention to the good model you’re giving him.

Activity: Use coloured construction paper cut into quarters.  Either you or your child draws faces. Fortunately, children are very forgiving of artist talent.  No child has yet looked at one of my attempts and said, “That’s really ugly!”  Luckily, the odder the face, the more they like it.  Make as many faces as you like, then give them each a name beginning with R. Ready for R has some examples.  You could use names of people you know.  Here are some to get you started:   Rahim, Ronaldo, Rachelle, Raoul, Raymond, Roxie.  To work on R in sentences, say, “He is Rahim” or “She is Roxie”. You or the child can print the name on the picture.  When they’re all ready, turn them over.  Have the child say, “Where’s Rina?”, for example, or, “I’m looking for Rasputin.” Then, he turns over the one he thinks is Rina or Rasputin.  If it’s not correct, it goes back on the table.  If it’s the right guess, he keeps the picture in a pile.  Make sure you take a turn too, if he enjoys a little competition.  See who ends up with the most pictures at the end.

Variation: In a pinch, to save time, you could use a deck of cards.  Give all the jacks, queens and kings a name-like Ralph.   Print the name on a piece of masking tape and attach it to the card.

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