Teach B Sound
I will give quick tips on how to teach the B sound to your child and then practices at the syllable level.
Teach B With a Mirror
You are going to teach your child the B sound using a mirror. This technique works well for most children. If your child is distracted by the mirror, remove it. You can follow each step simply by looking at each other.
B is a visual sound which means that your child can easily see how to say it by looking at you. Therefore, bring attention to your face as much as possible during these practices.
Materials: A mirror, preferably a slightly big mirror such a floor mirror
How to do activity:
- Get down to the level of your child. This may even include the floor!
- Look into the mirror with your child.
- First get your child interested in the activity by being silly (if needed)! A few tips include kissing the mirror, making silly faces, or touching the mirror.
- Next, work on imitating. Make a gesture of any kind and have your child imitate. Once imitation occurs, you can work on syllables!
- Now that your child is imitating you, smack your lips together and have your child repeat. Then, move on to "ba." Once your child says "ba," congratulate him or her for saying the B sound the good way.
- Try a few different syllables such as "ba," "bee," or "boo."
- Say the syllable with an exaggerated face and have your child repeat.
- Cover syllables with B in the beginning, middle, and end.
- Bring attention to your lips when possible. I like to point.
- Exaggerate your lips when you make the B sound
- Make it fun!
Work on syllables for a few minutes a few times a day or until your child learns how to say B. Once your child can say B, move on!
Practice with Bubble Game
This Bubble Game works on initial B. However, if you are creative, you can work on the other syllables as well!
Materials: Bubbles (for blowing or for the bath tub)
How To Do Activity: Bathtub
- Run a bath using bubbles
- Start bathtime as usual
- During bath, practice saying “ba” for “bubbles.
- Wait for your child to repeat. If your child does not repeat, that is okay. Your child is hearing many repetitions of how to say B correctly and that is a great thing!
How To Do Activity: Blowing Bubbles
- Take out a bottle of bubbles.
- Demonstrate blowing bubbles to your child.
- While you demonstrate blowing bubbles, use an exaggerated B as in "ba" or "boo." By using a breathy voice to say "ba" or "boo," you will be able to blow bubbles and teach B!
- Have your child try to do a breathy "ba" or "boo" to blow bubbles.
- Make a silly face to bring your lips together
- Bring attention to your lips so your child looks at them
- Point to your lips or point to your child’s lips
Work on syllables for a few minutes a few times a day or until your child learns how to say B correctly. Once your child can say B, move on!
Your child may learn B syllables quickly, in a matter of minutes for some! When your child is saying it right most of the time, move on to the word level. Don't spend too much time here.
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