May 24th 2007 09:41
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Initial, Final and Medial Sounds.
The next step:
Work through these stages at your child’s pace. Some children pick it up easily, others need more time.
Stage One: The first sound a child hears when sounding out a word is the beginning sound. During these lessons so far we have concentrated on the beginning (initial) sounds in words.
Check that your child can give you the sound a word begins with. It can be any word, not necessarily a three letter word.
Ask your child:
“What sound does the word ‘boat’ begin with?”
“What sound does (say child’s name) begin with?’
“What sound does the word ‘queen’ begin with?
Stage Two: When your child is confident with hearing and giving the initial sound in a word move on to the next step, which is identifying the final sound in a word.
Say to your child, ‘You are used to telling me the sound a word begins with, NOW I want you to listen for the LAST sound in the word.”
At first use three letter words your child is familiar with. e.g. bat, sun, lid, fox. Ask the child to watch your mouth as you say the word clearly. Emphasise the final sound until your child is confident with identifying it.
Practise with your child until he/she has mastered this skill. Frequent short sessions are better than long sessions.
If there are any letter-sounds your child cannot quickly say from the alphabet flashcards practise them every day.
Stage Three: Now that your child can identify the initial and final sounds in a word she/he can move on to listening for the middle sound in a word. To help this skill develop the five vowels –a,e,i,o,u- will be covered. Work at your child’s pace. Take one, two or more days to cover each section. Each section will include reading sentences and simple comprehension exercises.