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The "ow" Sound, Part II

Welcome back to Read Not Guess. Today we’re going to work on the other “ow” sound.


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 Sounds


The “ow” letter combination is tricky. Earlier we learned that it can make the sound someone might make when they get hurt.


But the “ow” letters can make another sound too, as in the song “Row, row, row your boat…”


Have them say the “ow” sound as in the word “row” or “snow” as they point to the letters:

ow

ow

ow

Now let’s try reading this other “ow” sound in a couple words:

r ow

r ow

row

And:

l ow

l ow

low

And:

t ow

t ow

tow

And:


s n ow

s n ow

snow


And:


sh ow

sh ow

show


Overnight tip


Turn on captions on your tv or Netflix, or on any other device your child is using to watch shows. (My kids also like to listen to Amazon Music or Spotify with the lyrics turned on.) Seeing the words will help your child build and reinforce word-sound relationships.


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


P.S. Looking for free decodable books for your kids? I’d recommend a couple from the University of Florida Literacy Institute. Try this one to practice the "sh" sound or this one to keep working on short vowel sounds.

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