Welcome to Sentence Level Games for K. You are ready to work on K during functional games. Yeah!
First things first, throw away your flashcards because when your child sees "speech flashcards," he or she goes in to "speech mode." In "speech mode," your child can easily pronounce K correctly. It is a controlled situation without many distractions. However, when your child is not in "speech mode," he or she may not say the sound as easily.
Your child is now going to work on saying K during functional speech games. He or she will start to transition their speech progress into their automatic, everyday speech.
1. At the beginning of each game, remind your child that you guys are going to play games using the good K sound.
2. Introduce the target sentences and then practice them with your child before starting.
3. Incorporate as many repetitions of the target sentences as possible.
4. Make sure you, the parent, takes turns during games. You have the opportunity to model the target sentences correctly.
5. Don't forget to give appropriate verbal, visual, and tactile cues as needed.
Lastly, remember to have fun!!
Get outside and start kicking a ball around. You can use a soccer ball or any ball that you can kick.
Target Sentences: Kick the ball
How to Play: Let's practice soccer and our K sound at the same time! Before any player kicks the ball, he or she must say "kick the ball."
Another great guessing game. This works on language and speech.
Target Sentences: In my pocket, I have something______, Do you have a _____in your pocket?
How to Play: Hide something small in your shirt or pants pocket. Then give a clue to what it is and have your child guess. If your child can't guess, give another clue. Once you child guesses the object, switch roles. The sentences above must be said during every turn to squeeze in lots of K practice.
Having blocks or legos are great to build with, but sometimes it is fun to find real rocks!
Target Sentences: I found a rock
How to Play: Join your child in the park or the backyard to look for rocks. Every time you find a great building rock, you must say "I found a rock."
Get out a ball or anything you can catch or throw
Target Sentences: Catch the ball
How to Play: This is an easy game to play. Grab a ball or anything you can throw back and forth. Before each turn, make you say the phrase, "catch the ball." If you need motivation, you can count how many catches you and your child can get in a row without dropping the ball.
This game is great for practicing K and improving memory skills at the same time! This game is for older children.
Target Sentences: We are going on a trip and I will put a ____in my backpack
How to Play: One player starts the game by saying "We are going on a trip and I will put a ____in my backpack" (insert any object in the blank). The next player has to say "We are going on a trip and I will put a ____in my backpack" (previous object and a new object). The next player says the same sentence, repeats the previous responses and adds one more. The game continues like this until one person can't remember all the answers. It is a fun game but remember to practice K with the word "backpack"
This game takes some imagination. I outlined a few ideas below.
Target Sentences: "Any sentence with 'cake' in it"
How to Play: You and your child are going to make a cake. If you are a baker, then bake a cake and make sure to talk about the words "bake" and "cake" often. If you are not a baker like myself, you can build a cake out of legos, paper, drawing, paint, blocks, etc...
Example Script of Sentences:
This game is not really a game at all. Instead, it will teach politeness and get lots of K practice throughout the day.
Target Sentences: Will depend on the situation
How to Play: Tell your child that it is “thank you” day. Every time a person says “thank you,” he or she has to use their good K sound. This may be very difficult for your child so I would start with a set time like a meal and work up to a walk, then an afternoon, and eventually an entire day!
Example Script of Sentences: Depends on the situation
I always end my practice ideas with my most functional conversational game. This one involves meal time since we eat everyday making it easy to remember to practice K.
Target Words: cook, bake, cookies, napkin, ice cream, bacon
How to "Play:" This is not a game at all. Instead, be aware of the all the K words you or your child might say during meals. Encourage your child to pay attention to the K sound as well. A sticker or tally system for every K word pronounced correctly may be good motivation to remain concentrated for an entire meal. See if your child can beat their previous record!Speech Home Practice › k Home Page