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The Letter "Z"

Welcome back to Read Not Guess. Today we’re going to work on the letter “Z.”


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.


Rhyming Challenge


Ask your child to pick out which of these three words does not belong (does not rhyme):


zoo / shoe / book


him / her / rim


ball / lob / mob


Letter Quiz


We’ve worked through a lot of letter sounds so far. Let’s check for understanding. Ask your child to say the correct sounds as they point to the letters:


u

s

h

e

r


Today’s Letter Sound


Today we’re going to work on the letter “Z.” It’s pronounced like a buzzing sound as in “zap.”


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

z

z

z



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


If they need help, the words zebra, zip, and zero all start with the “z” sound.


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


z

z

z


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:


z i p

z ip

zip


Did they get it right? If they're still reading it as "zuh-ih-puh" by the end of the sequence, ask them to do it faster until they are reading the word "zip"correctly.


Let's do a few more:


z a p

z ap

zap


And:


z e n

z en

zen


And:


b u zz

b uzz

buzz


And a couple harder ones:


z ig z ag

zigzag


And:


p iz z azz

pizzazz


That’s it for today. We’ll see you next time.

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