Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Phonemic Awareness

Many parents don't know what phonemic awareness is and many teachers don't focus on it when they are teaching. Did you know that phonemic awareness is the #1 indicator of reading success? Phonemic Awareness is defined (by wikepedia as):a subset of phonological awareness in which listeners are able to hear, identify and manipulate phonemes, the smallest units of sound that can differentiate meaning. Separating the spoken word "cat" into three distinct phonemes, /k/, /æ/, and /t/, requires phonemic awareness. Check out my pinterest boards at Phonemic awareness relates to the ability to distinguish and manipulate individual sounds, such as /f/, /ʊ/, and /t/ in the case of foot. The following are common phonemic awareness skills practiced with students: Phoneme isolation: which requires recognizing the individual sounds in words, for example, "Tell me the first sound you hear in the word paste" (/p/). Phoneme identity: which requires recognizing the common sound in different words, for example, "Tell me the sound that is the same in bike, boy and bell" (/b/). Phoneme substitution: in which one can turn a word (such as "cat") into another (such as "hat") by substituting one phoneme (such as /h/) for another (/k/). Phoneme substitution can take place for initial sounds (cat-hat), middle sounds (cat-cut) or ending sounds (cat-can). Oral segmenting: The teacher says a word, for example, "ball," and students say the individual sounds, /b/, /ɑ/, and /l/. Oral blending: The teacher says each sound, for example, "/b/, /ɑ/, /l/" and students respond with the word, "ball." Sound deletion: The teacher says word, for example, "bill," has students repeat it, and then instructs students to repeat the word without a sound. Onset-rime manipulation: which requires isolation, identification, segmentation, blending, or deletion of onsets (the single consonant or blend that precedes the vowel and following consonants), for example, j-ump, st-op, str-ong. For example, the teacher might say, now say bill without the /b/." Students should respond with /ɪl/. There are other phonemic awareness activities, such as sound substitution, where students are instructed to replace one sound with another, sound addition, where students add sounds to words, and sound switching, where students manipulate the order of the phonemes. These are more complex but research supports the use of the three listed above, particularly oral segmenting and oral blending. for some great phonemic games go to: - or - Use the Brown Bear book activity to teach many language goals including phonemic awareness skills at

Monday, 18 March 2013

Easter Freebie

Here is a great Easter freebie so your students skills don't do a backslide during the Easter break. It can be a fun activity that the kids can do with thier parents! Check it out! My website is

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Community Helpers

Sooo many kids have trouble with vocabulary. Lately I've had a hard time finding  vocabulary resources. This got me thinking about making books that are based on vocabulary topics. I started to make books but I wanted them to be read by beginning readers. So I started using  the Brown Bear, Brown Brear by Eric Carle, written pattern. They will be easy to use, understand, read and followed by young children. The pattern is also Fun! 

For targeting the vocabulary goal you can start off with one of my books and then get into attributes, comparing and contrasting, naming other items in the group..... The possibilities are endless!

For a community helpers theme book check out my City, City What Do You See?

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Andrew's Loose Tooth- Freebie

Use this Andrew's Loose Tooth to teach many language goals and turn the book into a language activity!

Click on link for freebie!

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Developmental Disabilities Handbook - USD

Many children who require speech and language therapy have a developmental disability. Here is an informative handbook on developmental disabilities from the

University of South Dakota.

Check it out- you may have 1 child or many children in  your class with a developmental disability and this may give you some background information to help you.


Developmental Disabilities Handbook - USD

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Following Directions

Some great new ideas for speech and language therapy but also some classroom activities!

All kids need to learn to follow directions, some need more help than others! But it can be difficult to find resources that teach concepts. Check out my website for many products for sale on line- all packages sent laminated on cardstock and in color! If you choose a book buddy the book is included!

Or check out my store on!

Happy Teaching!

Friday, 1 March 2013

Vocabulary package that targets what doesn't belong, associations and much more!!!