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December 2014

Final Consonant Deletion, freebies, Phonological Processes, preschool age, toddlers, Uncategorized, Uncategorized

Final Consonant Deletion Minimal Pairs Packet

I made a small packet for kids with “Final Consonant Deletion.” Some young kids simplify adult speech by dropping the final consonant in words. For example you may hear your toddler say “ca” for “cat” or “bow” for “boat.” 

Here are some pictures with words that can help your children realize that they are dropping the final consonants in these words. Practicing these minimal pair words can help them realize that these two words are pronounced differently.

Instruction: First
read the words in the bottom row to your children, then ask them to
produce the words in the bottom row and bring attention to the final
consonants. If they eliminate the final consonant and for example say
“bow” for “boat,” stop them and bring attention to the /t/ in “boat.” Minimal
pairs are two words with one phonological element that is different and these
cards help bring attention to that element. 

Click here to download the packet: Final Consonant Deletion Minimal Pairs

preschool age, reading, toddlers, Uncategorized, Uncategorized

Teaching Toddlers How to Read

Teaching reading to children is a passion of mine. I also enjoy working with children with reading disorders. I am so eager to teach my son how to read. I know he is really young (2 years old) and I would never force him to read at such a young age, but he has shown interest in printed words and knows all of his alphabet letters, so I thought why not introduce him to some simple words. He currently knows a few words and he loves reading them to us. Before I tell you guys how to work on reading with toddlers and preschoolers, I want to tell you that most children don’t typically start reading until Kindergarten/first grade. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, this is what children need to know in Kindergarten:

  • Knows that reading a book in English occurs
    from front to back, top to bottom and left to
  • Knows that spoken words are made up of
    speech sounds.
  • Finds words that rhyme like cat and hat.
  • Knows that some words have the same sound
    in them like sun, soup and sand.
  • Identify upper case (CAPITAL) and lower
    case letters.
  • Knows that letters stand for speech sounds.
  • Knows some sight words like “the”, “cat”, and “with”.
  • “Read” picture books from memory.
  • Tells a story by looking at pictures in a book.
I know some people think it’s too early to teach a toddler how to read, but I think each child is unique and develops at a different rate, so if you feel like your child is ready to learn some simple words then you can do what I’m doing with my toddler. Do not push your child and please understand that children’s interests vary. My child happens to be really interested in letters and printed words at this time.

1- Make sure they learn the alphabet letters (Capital letters) first before you teach them reading. Please refer to our previous blog posts about tips for learning pre-literacy skills. After my son turned 1, we used puzzles, picture cards, etc. to teach him alphabet letters. 
2- Print simple words in capital letters (they are easier to read) and put them up all over the house. You can print our current list here

3-Play fun games! We give my son the ball and have him throw it at each word we name. He loves it!

3- Mix them up so you know they’re not memorizing the place of each word on the wall. 
4- Put them in a binder to keep track of the words.

5- Have fun and point out the target words when you are reading a book and you see them! 

Here is the video of my kiddo reading some words: