First Sound Fluency – the ability to hear the first sound in a word. You can do this in the car, grocery store, while cooking dinner, etc. Just ask your child to say the sound they hear at the beginning of a word.
LOAD THE SHIP
Tell your child that you have a ship that is being loaded with all sorts of items. What makes this ship unusual is that it can only accept items whose names begin with the same sound.
- Identify the target sound by saying the sound. (Example: /b/)
- Begin by saying, “I have a ship. The ship is being loaded with _____” (Example: boxes)
- Then the child adds to that statement… “I have a ship. The ship is being loaded with ___ and ____.” (Example: boxes and buses)
- The parent adds to the previous items by saying… “I have a ship. The ship is being loaded with _____ and _____ and _____.”
(Example: boxes, buses and bananas)
The game continues until someone cannot “load” an item on the ship. At that point, you can identify a new target sound and the “ship loading” procedure begins again with a new target sound.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT I’M THINKING
- “I am thinking of a word that is a color and it begins with the same sound as the word bike. What is it?” (blue)
- If your child can’t seem to figure out the word, give him/her a couple of hints: “Let’s try again. What sound does bike begin with?” . . “Listen /b/ bike”. . .”Name a color that begins with /b/.”
- Give positive reinforcement as soon as your child gives the correct answer.
“Yes, that’s great! Bike and Blue begin with the same sound, /b/.”