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The "Wr" and "Kn" Sounds

Welcome back to Read Not Guess. Today we’re going to work on the “wr” and “kn” sounds.


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


We're going to work on the "wr" sound. In the U.S., a word with “wr” at the beginning just makes the same sound as the letter “r.” The “w” is silent.


Have your kids say the "wr" sound as they point to the letters:


wr

wr

wr


The same thing is true with the “kn” sound—it is pronounced the same as the letter “n” The “k” is silent.


Have your kids say the "kn" sound as they point to the letters:


kn

kn

kn


Word Practice


Now we’re going to work on blending these sounds in 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:


wr ap

wrap


Did they get it right? Make sure they’re not reading it as one sound (and not “ruh-a-puh).


Let’s do some more:


wr ite

write


And:


wr ench

wrench


And:


wr ong

wrong


And:


wr inkle

wrinkle


Now let’s do a few with the “kn” sound:


kn ot

knot


And:


kn ife

knife


And:


kn ock

knock


Decodable Story


See if your child can read this short story:


Wren and the Wriggly Worm


Wren sees a worm wriggling on the ground.


"Hello, little worm," says Wren. "Why are you out here?"


The worm whispers, "Please don’t eat me. I'm lost."


Wren wraps the worm in a leaf. She brings it to a nearby stream. The worm wiggles happily in the water.


"Thank you, Wren," says the worm. "You are wonderful!"


Wren smiles and says, "You're welcome, little worm. Stay safe!"


If they stumble, have them keep working until they get it right.


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

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