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Connecting Sounds: Snap It On: First Sound


This game is SNAP IT ON: FIRST SOUND. Your child will “snap” a sound onto the
beginning of a 2-sound word to make a completely new word with 3 sounds. Remember: this activity is about counting
and ordering the sounds in words; it is NOT about spelling! Go to our website to print out the work mat,
word list, and sound counting cards. Cut apart the sound counting cards. Set the work mat in front of the child,
with the sound counting cards next to it. Explain to your child how you can have one
word and then add a sound to the beginning of it,
“snapping it on,” to make a brand new word. First you’ll review how to divide words
into individual sounds, and emphasize counting the sounds. Like this: Adult: Sometimes you can snap a sound
onto the beginning of a word to make a brand new word. Let me show you how. Listen to my word: AIM. “I AIM the dart at the bullseye.” AIM. What word? Child: Aim! Adult: Now I’ll say AIM a sound at a time,
and you count the sounds I say. Get ready: AAA • • • mmm. How many sounds did you hear? Child: Two! Adult: Yes, two. Now you say AIM slowly, a sound at a time,
and tell me how many sounds you say. Get ready:
Child: AAA • • • mmm. I said two sounds! Now show her how to use the mat and cards
to mark how many sounds she hears in a word. Like this: Adult: That’s right, AIM has two sounds. Put one of these cards in the top row on the
house, one card for every sound you say in AIM. Start here. Say the first sound as you put down your first
card. Child: AAA. Adult: Say the next sound in AIM. Child: mmm. Adult: Yes, mmm. Keep saying that sound while you put a card
in the window next to the AAA card. Child: mmm. Adult: Now point under each card and say the
sounds for AIM. Child: AAA. mmm. Adult: Now, say those sounds fast. What’s the word? Child: AAA – mmm. AIM! Adult: Good job. Demonstrate the same technique for counting
the sounds in a 3-sound word. This 3-sound word is actually the 2-sound
word she just analyzed, but with a new sound “snapped” onto the
beginning to make a new word. Adult: Listen to me say a new word: GAME. “This is a fun GAME.” What’s the first sound you hear in GAME? Listen: g-g-g • • AAA • • mmm. Again: g-g-g • • AAA • • mmm. Child: /g/. Adult: Yes. Keep saying that sound as you put a card here. Child: g-g-g. Adult: What’s the next sound you hear in
GAME, after the g-g-g sound? Child: AAA! Adult: Yes, now slide your AAA card in AIM
down from the top window to the bottom window, so that it comes right after the g-g-g card. What sounds are on the bottom row now? Point to the cards and tell me their sounds. Always start here. Child: g-g-g. AAA. Adult: What sound do you hear in game that
you still need? Say it slowly to stretch out the sounds. Get ready:
Child: g-g-g • • AAA • • mmm. I need mmm. Adult: Yes, mmm. So slide your mmm card in AIM
down from the top window to the bottom window, so that it comes right after the AAA card. Now point to each card in the bottom row and
say its sound, in order. Always start here. Get ready. Child: g-g-g. AAA. mmm. Adult: Point to each card again and say the
sounds fast. What’s the word? Child: g-AAA-mmm. Game! Adult: Yes! You snapped a sound onto the beginning of
the word AIM, and made a new word: GAME. Have her remove the sound counting cards from
the mat to get ready for the next round of the game. “Snap” sounds onto about 10 words in a
session. And that’s how we play SNAP IT ON: FIRST
SOUND.

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