Make (or search online) for a list of words with your child’s sound(s) in the right spot. Try to find a list of at least 10-20 words that are fairly common one- or two syllable words, and write them down. You can have your child draw a picture next to each one – you will use this list to practice later! (You can also use index cards to create your own flashcards.) lion lips
Spending 5 minutes a day (or every other day) practicing your child’s sounds can be very effective! You can have your child say each word on your list 5 times each correctly, make up a simple or silly sentence for each word, or incorporate some of the following activities to make it more fun!
Pull out a board game (checkers, Sorry, etc.) or a puzzle, and have your child say a target word 5 times before taking a turn or adding a piece to the puzzle.
Find some dice, and take turns saying a target word the number of times that comes up on the dice. Each person then receives that many ”points” – keep a tally and declare a winner at the end!
Read a book together, and listen for words with your child’s target sounds. Practice the words on each page
You may need to remind your child how to make the sound; say, “Look at my mouth! See how I do X to make this sound? Let’s look in a mirror together. Now you try
Many language skills can be targeted through playing together with an adult! Choose an activity such as Lego blocks, Play-doh, catch, dinosaurs, or action figures, and follow your child’s lead. Have your characters interact & talk with each other, narrate aloud what you are doing or creating, or sort things into groups that are alike (ex: all the big dinosaurs, or all the red pieces).
Playing simple games such as Sneaky Snacky Squirrel, Memory, Hi Ho Cherry-o, Go Fish, & Uno can provide great opportunities to practice turn taking skills, following directions, asking and answering questions, using full sentences, understanding concepts such as more/less and next/first/last, and many more skills!
Choose a picture book to read together. Read the words, but also talk about the pictures; read books more than once!
• Point out details you notice, and try to guess together what might happen next (ex: “Look, she has a raincoat and rain boots. What kind of weather do you think it is outside? What season is it?”).
• Connect details from the book to your life (ex: “Look, they are going to the petting zoo! Remember when we went? What were your favorite animals?”).
• Talk about how the characters might be feeling (ex: “Oh, she lost her favorite toy! How would that make you feel?) in the different situations in the story
Watch short videos together. Have your child identify the different characters, and retell what happened, using whole sentences (which can target summarizing, main idea, past tense verbs, and sequencing). You can also do this for longer shows or movies!
Talk about what the weather is like today, and think about keeping a chart for the week or month. For younger students, you might use more simple terms like rainy or sunny, and compare/contrast the different types of weather with a Venn diagram. For older students, you can look together at the probability of precipitation (ex” “Is it more likely to be cloudy or sunny at 4:00 pm today?”) and look up more complex weather terms (humidity and what it means, cloud types, etc.)
Choose a book to read together; consider reading one chapter or section at a time. As you read, or after you finish a section, talk about things like:
• Who is the main character? How would you describe him/her (appearance, personality, etc.)? Do you have anything in common?
• What problems do the characters face? How did they (or how could you) solve them? How are they feeling?
• What is the setting? (where the story takes place)
• Were there any words you didn’t recognize in this part? Let’s go back and see if we can figure out what it means using the words around it (or the context).
• Did you notice any multiple meaning words? What do they mean? (Examples: trunk, club, fly, last, check, handle)
• What do you think will happen in the next chapter or section?
Many board and card games work on valuable language skills like turn taking, using complete sentences, describing, comparing/contrasting, perspective taking, & more. Games such as Scattergories, Apples to Apples, Bubble Talk, Guess Who, Clue, Uno, Catch Phrase, & Catan Junior are all good choices!