At school we use a puppet called Fred who can only speak in sounds, not whole words. We call this Fred Talk.
For example, Fred would say d-o-g, we would say dog. Your child is taught to hear sounds and blend them together in sequence to make a word. We start with blending oral sounds, then progress to reading the letters and blending them together to read the word.
Some sounds are made of 2 letters together:
th sh qu ch ng nk ss ll gg bb ff ay ee
‘th’ is one sound (stick out your tongue, thhhhh) It is not a ‘t’ then ‘h’ sound.
Some sounds are together in a word but are two diferetn pure sounds that need to be heard separately.
Skip Don’t pronounce it sk-i-p
Say the sounds s-k-i-p
Climb Don’t say cl-i-mb
Class Don’t say cl-a-s-s
Shoe Don’t say s-h-o-e
Sink Don’t say s-i-n-k
Think Don’t say t-h-i-n-k
Say th-i-nk (It’s the pure sounds your child needs to hear)
Difficulties with Fred Talk:
Always go back to oral Fred Talking. Using pictures or objects, ask your child to find the ‘c-a-t’ or ‘p-i-g’ for example – if they can put the spoken sounds together to find the correct picture, they will eventually learn to do the same with written sounds.
Games at home:
- Put out 3 pictures of objects: Pen, mop, dog. Ask your child: ‘Can you give me the ‘d-o-g’
At home, make it fun, talk to your child in Fred talk
‘Go and get your c-oa-t
‘Do you want to go to the p-ar-k?’
‘Can you touch your kn-ee-s?’
‘Can you touch your t-oe-s?’
‘Do you want t-oa-s-t for breakfast?’
‘It’s time for b-e-d.’
Remember to focus on sounds
Hope this helps – feedback always appreciated!