Welcome to Sentence Level Games for J. Yeah!
Throw away your flashcards! When your child sees "speech flashcards," he or she goes in to "speech mode." In "speech mode," your child can easily say J. It is a controlled situation without many distractions. However, when your child is not in "speech mode," he or she may not say J correctly.
At this level, your child is going to work on saying J during functional speech games. He or she will start to transition their speech progress into their automatic, everyday speech.
1. Remind your child that you are going to play a game and practice J at the same time. Everyone has to remember to use their good J sound! I like to do a quick "warm-up" and repeat a few J words for practice.
2. Before playing a game, Introduce and practice the target sentences with your child.
3. While playing, incorporate as many repetitions of the target sentences as possible.
4. Make sure you, the parent, take turns during games. You have the opportunity to model the target sentence which has the power to accelerate the process.
5. Don't forget to give appropriate verbal, visual, and tactile cues as needed.
Lastly, remember to have fun!!
Let's learn a new skill!
Target Sentences: Juggle ________
How to Play: Challenge your child to a juggling contest. Each person takes turns saying "try to juggle _____(name of a safe/unbreakable object)." The other player has to try to juggle them. Then, the roles switch. This is a very popular game :).
Target Sentences: My turn to jump
How to Play: This game is another favorite! Create a starting point. All the players line up at this line. Each person takes turns trying to jump the farthest. You can mark where each player lands or have the player stay put. Before each turn, each person must say "my turn to jump" before jumping. This is the most important part!
This is a great game to practice the J sound as well as improve memory and categorization skills.
Target Sentences: In the fridge, there is ______(list of items)
How to Play: The first player says the phrase "in the fridge, there is a ______(i.e. zucchini). The next player says the phrase "in the fridge, there is a _____(name of previous items and a new item)." The game continues like this until one person can't remember all the items.
There are many ways to practice the J sound with the word vegetable.
Target Sentences: Will depend on the activity
How to Play: Below I list example activities of how to talk about vegetables and practice the J sound. My suggestion is to pick an activity that happens daily so you remember to practice every day!
Example Activity and Target Sentence:
One more memory game....I guess I'm in a memory mood :)
Target Sentences: George is going on a trip and bringing_____
How to Play: The first person says the phrase "George is going on a trip and bringing a____(object)." The next player says the same phrase with the previously mentioned item(s) before adding a new one. The first player to forget an item in the list loses and the game starts over. I like to play this game on road trips.
Clean up time
Target Sentences: Throw ____in the garbage
How to Play: I like to use this game at the end of a craft activity when I have lots of scrap pieces of paper to throw in the garbage. To play, each player crumples up a piece of paper and then says this phrase "throw paper in the garbage." Then, the player tries to make a basket with the paper and garbage can. Quite a motivating game!
Get some quick exercise while practicing the J sound
Target Sentences:Do ____(number) jumping jacks
How to Play: I use this game as a warm up when my students are tired. I have them each tell each other how many jumping jacks to do. After the sentence, everyone must complete the task. To make the game last longer, they can't pick a number higher than five. That way, we can do a few turns before they get too tired!
I always end my practice ideas with my most functional conversational game. This one involves a meal time since we eat everyday making it easy to remember to practice J.
Target Words: Jam, Juice, Jelly Beans, Fudge, Cabbage, Jelly
How to "Play:" This is not a game at all. Instead, be aware of the all the J words you or your child might say during meals. Encourage your child to pay attention to the J sound as well. A sticker or tally system for every J word pronounced correctly may be good motivation to remain concentrated for an entire meal. See if your child can beat their previous record!