Play the "Sound Addition" Game

Welcome back to Read Not Guess. Today is a review day. We’ll play the Sound Addition game and then have your kids read a “decodable” book using some of the letter sounds we’ve practiced so far.


(If you missed a lesson, you can always go back and find those here.)


Let’s get started.


Sound Addition


It’s important for kids to hear how words change when you add, subtract, or change a letter. It helps them hear the individual sounds in words and understand that different sounds convey a different meaning.


Read your child the questions and see if they can come up with the answers:


Question: What word do you get when you add the “fff” and the “in” sounds?

Answer: f + in = fin


Question: What word do you get when you add the “fff” and the “un” sounds?

Answer: f + un = fun


Question: What word do you get when you add the “cuh” and the “up” sounds?

Answer: cuh + up = cup


(For ones like these, are they still saying "cuh-uh-puh?" If yes, have them keep blending the sounds until they're saying it cleanly as "cup" with no extra sounds in the middle or at the end.)


Let's do a couple more:


Question: What word do you make when you add the “p” and the “up” sounds?

Answer: p + up = pup


Question: What word do you make when you add the “p” and the “op” sounds?

Answer: p + op = pop


Question: What word do you make when you add the “huh” and the “op” sounds?

Answer: h + op = hop


Question: What word do you make when you add the “mmm” and the “op” sounds?

Answer: m + op = mop


If your child struggled with any of the words, go back and have them do it again. Repeated practice is good for kids.


For a harder challenge, swap roles. Have your child give you a word to guess based on a combination of sounds. Made-up words are fine! What's important here is for your child to hear the individual sounds and practice combining them together.


Note that this is a game you can play anywhere. Try it at the dinner table, in the car, or anytime you’re waiting around.

Silly Story

If you think your child is ready, see if they can read the story below. It was written and illustrated by my 10-year-old daughter.


Mat, hat, and a fat cat



Mat sat on a fat cat.



A fat cat sat on Mat.



A hat sat on a fat cat.



A fat cat sat on Mat and a hat.



Mat is mad at a fat cat.



A hat sat on Mat.



End.


We'll be doing more stories like this in future lessons. If your child likes them and is clamoring for more, look for the Bob Books at your local library or search for other "decodable books."


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

~Chad

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