New Sounds

New Sound Introduction (optional):

Introducing a new letter, sound, and Sound Sign depends on the readiness of your student. If the warm-up activities were completed quickly and automatically with a minimum of prompting, your student is probably ready for new learning. If, on the other hand, your student struggled with any part of the warm-up, keep reviewing daily until the letters and sounds are well-learned before new letters are added.

New Sound Discovery:

Repeat these words and listen for the first sound…

Say three or more words using the new Sound Sign as you produce the target sound. Students repeat the words and imitate the Sound Sign. Help them “discover” the first sound in all the words. Is it voiced or unvoiced? Practice the sound in isolation, and talk about what our mouths do when we make this sound.

Sound Sign Practice:

Call attention to the new Sound Sign. Talk about how to make the Sound Sign and any important features. For example, the b-hand looks like a lower-case b when students use their left hand. The s Sound Sign looks like a snaky sideways s.

New SymPics Word Clue:

Now see if you can guess our new word…

Hide the picture from view and give a clue so students can guess the key word. Then show the SymPics page and practice saying the key word followed by the sound. Students should use the new Sound Sign as they say the sound. Put the new SymPics page with previously learned pages for daily cumulative review.

SymPics Page Activities:

Give students the new page, talk about the letter name, and ask them to color the letter hiding in the picture (highlighters work best). Talk about and demonstrate how to make the capital and lower-case letters. Students can trace these letters on the SymPics page with their highlighters.

New Letter Card:

Show the new card and ask these questions:

  1. What is the name of this letter?
  2. What sound does it make?
  3. Is it voiced or unvoiced?
  4. Can you remember the Sound Sign?
  5. What word goes with the sound to help us remember?

Put the new letter card in the deck with previously learned cards for daily review.

Sound-Letter Writing:

Now let’s write all the letters we know so far…

Using the card deck that includes the new letter, dictate the sounds one-at-a-time. Dictate without showing the cards or the Sound Signs. Students repeat the sound they hear then write the letter or letters that spell each sound. Prompt if students need help: Can you remember your Sound Sign…the key word picture…the letter name?
If necessary, give the letter name or show the card.