When teaching a group of children who are either turning 4 or 5 this year you have to undertake a number of roles, like those mentioned here at Look At My Happy Rainbow. One thing I am finding increasingly hard to do is to understand some of my students. So I am finding myself becoming a speech therapist amongst other things. What makes it harder to understand is the fact that at this age they like to throw random pieces of information out. Like when you ask what they learnt today and they put their hand up and say, “My cat died last year.” Context helps a lot when trying to decipher what young children are saying.
I’m sure we’ve all endured the frustration of referral forms and waiting for a child to be seen through the public health system. In my area there’s a minimum 8-12 week waiting period to be seen by a specialist for an initial consultation. Our school has employed its own Speech Therapist who works a few hours a week at our school. This year I’ve also been lucky enough to be allocated some extra Education Assistant time for 2 hrs a week. I’ve been developing some resources for my EA to use with the children who need some articulation practice. We’ve started with the /k/ sound as we have a number of children in our class who have difficulty pronouncing this sound (eg tat for cat).
This is a picture of a game we’ll be playing. The children drive the car up the street and choose parking lot. They say “I can park my car on the _______” or alternatively “My car is parked on the ________.”
If you’d like a copy of this sheet you can download it here: K Parking Lot sample. This is just the one page for the initial /k/ sound. I’ve created a K Parking Lot pack that includes 2 initial, 2 medial and 2 final /k/ sound games which can be purchased at my Teachers Pay Teachers store if you’re interested in more. There’s also a few other speech games there.