Welcome to Sentence Level Games for R. Yeah!
You now must 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 R. It is a controlled situation without many distractions. However, when your child is not in "speech mode," he or she may not say R correctly.
At this level, your child is going to work on saying R 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 R at the same time. Everyone has to remember to use their good R sound! I like to do a quick "warm-up" and repeat a few R words for practice.
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 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 get some exercise with this one!
Target Sentences: Let's race, 1..2..3..race, Ready...set...race!
How to Play: Have a foot race with your child. Line up somewhere and decide on the finish line. When you are ready, have your child start the race with one of the phrases above. The best one is ready, set, race since it has 2 R sounds in it!
Since your child is most likely in first or second grade and beginning to write, we might as well target both at the same time (in moderation of course!)
Target Sentences: I wrote, I will write, I write, Please write
How to Play: This isn't a "game" at all. Instead, this is an easy time to squeeze in some extra R practice during homework time. If your child is practicing writing or has some writing work to do at home, ask your child "what did you write?" at the end. Have your child respond with a good R sound..."I wrote____" or "I write." If your child really likes to write, you can take turns being teacher and student and tell one another "please write_____" with a good R sound of course.
“Sorry” is a board game that is well worth the money. I try VERY hard not to recommend games that cost money but this game is just so awesome that I can't miss the opportunity! Most kids love to play Sorry and it has many opportunities to practice R.
Target Sentences: Depends on situation. You can read cards, say sorry when appropriate
How to Play: To learn the rules of Sorry, please refer to the directions on the box. To learn how to play “Sorry” in order to improve speech, read on! Sorry naturally has a lot of R words already built into the game including the exciting one "sorry!" When starting, practice R while reading the cards before each turn. To make it easier on my students, I highlight all the R words beforehand including the "small words" are, there, etc... Once your child is able to say R easily while reading the cards, practice saying R with “sorry," "your turn," and "my turn" throughout the game. This is a great game for carryover!!
Example Script: This will depend on the cards
If you don't already have the game, Amazon sells it at a great price.
Paper toss is a fun and simple game. All you need is paper and a garbage can.
Target Sentences: Toss paper, Toss paper in garbage can (2 Rs!)
How to Play: Make a few balls out of paper. Get out a basket, box, or garbage can. Once everything is ready, have fun trying to toss the paper into the garbage can. Before each turn, each player must say "toss paper" or "toss paper in garbage can."
This is a twist on the classic game “Simon Says.” Instead of saying “Simon,” use "teacher” since it has the R sound.
Target Sentences: Teacher says_____
How to Play: One person is the leader and gives a command, i.e. “teacher says touch your toes.” The other players have to follow the commands only if the leader says "teacher says.” If the command does not include “teacher says,” the other players are not to follow. If they do follow the command, they lose and everyone switches roles.
Remember, your primary focus is to make sure your child says "teacher" with a correct R. You secondary focus is to have fun :)
This game is an imaginative story game that can be played anywhere. The purpose is to have fun, create stories, and practice R!
Target Sentences: In that car____, In the car____, The car is going to____
How to Play: While driving, someone points to a car. That person is the story teller! The story teller has to create a story saying, "in that car____."
The reading game is very simple but a lot of work for your child, especially if he or she is just learning how to read.
Target Sentences: This will depend on the book
How to Play: You will need a highlighter or sticky notes and a book. The directions for this practice are easy. During story time with your child, have your child read a page out of a book while practicing their good R sound. Since your child may be just learning how to read, pre-marking each R beforehand with a highlighter, pencil, or post-it might take some of the pressure off. As your child improves, take away the markings.
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 R.
Target Words: Sugar, Fork, More, Burger, Rice, Etc...
How to "Play:" This is not a game at all. Instead, be aware of the all the R words you or your child might say during meals. Encourage your child to pay attention to the R sound as well. A sticker or tally system for every R word pronounced correctly may be good motivation to remain concentrated for an entire meal. See if your child can beat their previous record!