Sample lesson: The letters "u" and "p"

Sample lesson: The letters "u" and "p"
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Welcome to Read Not Guess! Today we’re going to work on the letters “u” and “p.”

Remember that, in this challenge, we’re going to focus on the sounds the letters make. Both parent and child will need to be able to see the screen.

Ok, let’s get started.

Today’s Letter Sounds

Today we’re going to learn the letter "u." It’s pronounced “uh” as in "us" or "sun."

Ask your child to make the “uh” sound 3 times as they point to the letters:

u

u

u

Ask your child if they can think of any words that start with the “uh” sound.

If they need help, the words under, uncle, and umbrella all start with the “uh” sound.

Have them say the “uh” sound 3 more times as they point to the letters:

u

u

u

Now we’re going to learn the letter "p." It's a quick sound like a short puff of air, as in "pat" or "top."  

Note: Check out this short YouTube video if you want to hear the "p" sound spoken aloud correctly. (This is also a good resource to come back to as we progress through the other letter sounds.)

Ask your child to make the “p” sound 3 times as they point to the letters:

p

p

p


Ask your child if they can think of any words that start with the “p” sound.

If they need help, the words park, pizza, and party all start with the “p” sound.

Have them say the quick “p” sound 3 more times as they point to the letters:

p

p

p

Word Practice

Now we’re going to work on “blending” letter sounds into words. Your child can start slowly by saying each sound individually, but each time, they should try to say it just a bit faster.

Ask your child to say the correct sounds as they point to the letters:

u       p

u   p

up

Congratulations, your child just read the word “up!”

(Make sure they read the word as "up" and not "up-puh." Have them keep saying it faster and tell they can read it seamlessly in a normal speaking voice.)

Now we’re going to read another word. Your child can start slowly by saying each sound individually, but each time, they should try to say it just a bit faster.

Ask your child to say the correct sounds as they point to the letters:

p      u      p

p   u   p

pup

Congratulations, your child just read the word “pup!”

Overnight Challenge

Ask your child to find 3 things in your house that start with the “p” sound. After that, see if they can name 3 things that end with the short “p” sound.

That’s it for today. We’ll see you tomorrow,

~Chad