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How to spell the Y sound

The Y sound, /j/ is usually spelled with the letter Y:  yes, kayak, year. It can also be spelled: U:  user I:  onion EU:  eulogy

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How to say the letters CH

The letters CH lead to a lot of pronunciation mistakes.  This is because CH can be pronounced several different ways. CH can be pronounced: K in CHARACTER S in CHEF SH in CHICAGO CH in CHINA Keep in mind that CH is pronounced as one sound, CH, most of the time

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How to spell the R sound

The R sound is most likely spelled with the letter R:  ran, zero, right. It can also be spelled: WR:  write RH:  diarrhea

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How to say the letters QU

QU is pronounced as KW  in words like QUEEN, QUEER, QUICK,

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How to spell the L sound

The L sound is spelled one of two ways: L:  last, delete, loyal LL:  caller, well

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How to spell the W sound

The W sound is most likely spelled with the letter W:  won, went, always.  Easy, right? There, of course, are a few exceptions: O:  one WH:  what

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Child Services Articles

Where are Baby’s Easter Eggs? By Karen Katz

In this book, baby needs to find the Easter eggs. Your child needs to help!

Karen Katz brings us another great book for the Easter season: “Where are Baby’s Easter Eggs?” The repetitive lines of the story are great for teaching sentence structure, questions, yes and no responses, and spring vocabulary.

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Lift a flap books by Karen Katz

I came across these short, fun, colorful, lift a flap books by accident.  They have quickly become some of my favorites.  The children (ages 2-5) that I work with love them too.  They are charming for children and adults.  As most parents know, children enjoy hearing the same story again and again.  Reading these books for the

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Leave preferred items in sight but out of reach

A great way to encourge requests is to tempt a child.  Children must have a reason to communicate.  If a child is not talking much, often times, caregivers tend to meet their needs.  Then a vicious cycle occurs.  You meet the needs.  The child takes the items.  The child never has to communicate.  Try one of

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Talking: expectations at three years

At three years, your child’s language is becoming more complex.  Sentence length is getting longer (about 3 words).  Grammar is really taking off.  You will hear: plurals (girls) past tense verbs (kicked) prepositions (in, on, under) pronouns (I, you, me) Your child will still make a lot of mistakes.  Especially with grammar.  Rules will be

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Talking: expectations at two years

Communication seems to explode between age one and two.  Remember, just 12 months ago, your child said his first word.  Now, he is combining 2 words into phrases.  He will use some adjectives(describing words…red, big), action words (go, done) and pronouns (me, my).  You might hear these phrases: big truck Mommy go my book all done Speech

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Talking: expectations at one year

This is an exciting time.  Around one year of age, your child will say his or her first word.  Your child may say things like:  “Ma, Dada, or bye”.  Imitation of words and sounds will begin. If he does not say a word, do not worry just yet.  There is a range of normal.  Some

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