Welcome back to Read Not Guess. Today we’re going to work on the letter “x.”
Remember that we’re going to focus on the sounds the letters make. Both parent and child will need to be able to see the screen.
Let’s get started.
Today’s Letter Sound
Today we’re going to learn the letter “x.” We’re going for a “ks” sound like at the end of the words “box” or “fix.”
Ask your child to make the “x” sound 3 times as they point to the letters:
Ask your child if they can think of any words that have the “x” sound. If they need help, the words mix, extra, and taxi all have the “x” sound.
Have them say the “x” sound 3 more times as they point to the letters:
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:
m i x
f o x
Did they get it right? If they're still reading it as "fuh-ox" by the end of the sequence, have them do it faster until they are reading the word "fox" correctly. Let’s do a few more:
f i x
w a x
Now end with a harder one:
e x i t
We’ve worked through 25 letters so far, plus a lot of combination sounds. Let’s check for understanding. Ask your child to say the correct sounds as they point to the letters:
If you think your child is ready, see if they can read this:
Six ox and seven fox hid in a box.
If they read it smoothly, great! If they stumble, have them sound it out another time or two to get it right.
That’s it for today. We’ll see you next time.