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Phonemic Awareness Activities Set 3

The Slothful Slowtalker Story Phonemic Awareness Activities

Slothful Slowtalking

The Slowtalker teaches children to extend out the sounds in words by saying the words very slowly.  (If you're not sure how to do this, try saying the words "like a ghost").  This skill is very useful for a couple of reasons.  First, when children start to write, saying the word slowly enables them to hear the sounds in the word better so they can write the sounds they hear.  Second, children need to get used to hearing words extended out, since that is the way words generally are heard when "sounding out" or "blending" the sounds of a word they are trying to read.

As you read the words in the story about the Slothful Slowtalker, be sure to say slowly all the words marked with hyphens between the letters.  Do not make the sounds completely separate.  You will make completely separate sounds for words when you get to the final sound awareness creature, the Separator Alligator.

Take out the Slothful Slowtalker stick puppet or refer to the character in the story.  Pretend to be the Slowtalker and to talk the way he does, saying the words on the list below slowly.  Have your child try to guess the word that you are saying. If your child has difficulty understanding the word, say it again slightly faster until he or she can guess it.

Easier List          Harder List
M-o                     m-a-n
T-i                       f-u-n
o-n                     c-o-t
i-s                       m-ee-t
th-e                    m-o-m
sh-e                    d-a-d
a-t                       c-a-t


Syllable Sillies

See if your child can talk in the Syllable Sillies language the way Ti and Mo did.  Up until now you have "clapped out" words for your child to say back to you.  Now, say the words in the list below and have your child clap them out to you!

easy list              harder list
doc-tor                un-der-stood
twist-ed              el-e-phant
smil-ing               re-peat-ed
sil-lies                 syl-la-ble

For an extra challenge, have your child "clap out" the words on the list below, and find out how many claps there are for each word.  Tell your child that the number of claps tells you how many of the Syllable Sillies heads would talk, or how many syllables there are in the word.

hardest list:

The Kay Kittens Story Phonemic Awareness Activities

Beginning Sound Game

Tell your child that the following words start with the /k/ sound:  kitten, kite and king.  Can he or she tell which of the words in the list below start with the /k/ sound?

happy                  king
kiss                     fish
Kindergarten        kindness
man                     kangaroo

Beginning Sound Game

Tell your child that the following words end with the /k/ sound:  sick, back and rock.  See if he or she can tell which of the words on the list below end with the /k/ sound.  (Remember to provide lots of help by overemphasizing the last sound and motioning when to listen with your hand.)

sock                    mom
trick                     truck
fun                      rake
mouse                 nurse
heavy                  milk

Sound Matching

Next, spread out the stick puppets for o, t, m, s and c so they can all be seen (or write these letters on pieces of paper).  Tell your child that you will say some words, and that you want him or her to touch the letter that makes the sound heard at the start of each word.  (Note that some sounds will have more than one correct answer.)  Play this game for the following words:
            me                       cat
            so                        talk                             
            chiropractor         start
            turn                     over
            only                     my

Take out the Slowtalker stick puppet.  Say the words from the list below slowly like the Slowtalker and have your child tell you the word.

Easier List         Harder List
i-f                      n-o-t
n-o                    a-n-d
T-i                      b-u-g
o-ff                    p-i-g
a-m                    r-a-t
sh-e                   d-o-g

Hoppy H Story Phonemic Awareness Activities

Slothful Slowtalker Practice

Say the words on the list below slowly and ask your child to say the words as normally spoken.  Then, when you finish the list, trade roles.  You say the words as they are normally spoken, then your child says the sounds of the word slowly like the Slowtalker.
         Easier List            Harder List
         g-o                      s-oo-n
         o-ff                      s-ea-t
         m-e                      r-u-n
         s-ee                     s-i-ck
         i-n                        f-a-t
         a-s                       f-ee-t
         l-ow                     l-i-ke

More Slowtalking

Give directions to your child in "Slowtalker language."  Tell your child to do something by saying it very slowly, such as "r-ai-se  y-ou-r  h–a–n–d" or "p-u-t  u-p  y-ou-r  sh-oe-s."  You might want to call this game "Slowtalker Says."  You can also use this game with body parts (touch your h–a–n–d) or objects in the room (point to the l–a–m–p).  Go around the house naming objects in Slowtalker language.  See if your child can name some objects this way also.  This is a game that can be played any time of the day!

Beginning Sound Game

Tell your child that the following words start with the /h/ sound:  hop, help and home.  Play the game with the words below:

house                  happy
time                     jump
hill                       heavy
surprise               hear
bush                    path
how                     hop

If you have printed them, spread out the stick puppets for the letters taught so far.  Say each of the words in the list below, having your child touch or say the letter that is the beginning sound for the word you say. 

tiger                    open
mother                soon
hand                   made
cot                      hungry
told                     off
happen               kite


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