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 100th time is still fun for me.  Let's hope that continues since they are a crowd pleaser.

I think the kids like them because they get to do something.  The stories are simple and easy to remember.  The kids get a kick out of reading too.  Since the stories are simple, they quickly learn the book and know what to say to finish each page.

As a therapist, I love that the children get a lot of repetitive practice.  They are easy to modify depending on the child's level.  For instance, I can have a child work on single words to label what is under the flap.  Or, I can work on asking questions, making sentences, describing, or just saying yes, no, or my turn.

For more information, check out Karen's website.

Happy "lifting" and reading:)


How to say Boys & Voice

Take this quick ESL pronunciation speaking lesson to learn how to pronounce the words: BOYS and VOICE. These words have a slight difference in pronunciation making them confusing to say. Improve your speaking today with this short video lesson.

BOYS: B-long oi-Z

VOICE: V-long oi-S

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I Know An Old Lady

The classic children’s tale, “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” has a fun, new twist!

In I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie,  a skinny old lady brings a pie to Thanksgiving dinner. She is hungry and can’t wait for dinner so she eats the pie. She isn’t full so she moves on and on until…

Well, you will have to read the book to find out what happens. Trust me, it is absolutely hilarious. In fact, this book is so much fun that I can read it again and again. A welcome respite for when a little one asks you to read a book over and over.

Take advantage of the excitement to hear the same book again and again. Re-reading a book is a great way to work on language skills. Children learn vocabulary, grammar, and how to tell a story. It is also a great way to build listening and memory skills.

Happy reading and happy eating! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Silly Sally

 

This delightful book is a fun way to practice speech sounds and language skills.  This repetitive line  story book tells the tale of  Sally is who is joined by various animals as she travels to town-backwards and upside down.   Since the lines repeat, even non-readers can retell this story by just looking at the pictures.  Check out these fun ideas for speech practice and language learning.

Practice S and L sounds by saying: "Silly Sally went to town walking backwards upside down."

Work on rhyming by figuring out the action that the animal with do:  "Dance a jig with a silly pig."

Expand vocabulary by picking new animals and figuring out a rhyming action for the animal.

Memorize the lines so that you can retell the story later without the book.

Learn to predict by trying to figure out which animal Sally will meet next.  Hint:  the pictures will give you clues.


Intonation in Elephant Seals

If Elephant Seals can recognize vocal rhythm then YOU can learn to recognize word stress and intonation!

 

Bats learn from their crowd, just like humans

Human children learn an accent from peers.  This is why teen aged girls may sound very different than their parents.  New research reveals that this also happens with bats.  Fun read.  Check it out.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/11/01/world/science-health-world/bat-pups-learn-language-peers-colony-not-moms-study-finds/#.Wfo_82hSyUk


How to Pronounce CHOKE & JOKE - American English Pronunciation Lesson

Take this quick ESL pronunciation speaking lesson to learn how to pronounce the words: CHOKE and JOKE. These words have a slight difference in pronunciation making them confusing to say. Improve your speaking today with this short video lesson.

Jennifer Tarle from Tarle Speech and Language guides you through a quick pronunciation lesson with quick tips to have you sounding clearer in no time. Reduce your accent and speak clearly with this ESL English pronunciation lesson.

CHOKE/ʧok / is pronounced CH-long oo-K.
JOKE/ʤok/ is pronounced J-long oo-K.

These words rhyme.  They also rhyme with Coke, poke, soak, woke.

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CH

J

Long o

K

 

 

 


Pronunciation Question: Can you explain why the sound /a/ is different in cash and wash?

Today's pronunciation question is:  "Can you explain why the sound /a/ is different in cash and wash?"

Sure. That is a great question!  I will respond in two parts:

1.  why the same vowel is different in two words

2.  why the same vowel in the same word is different at times

 

Why is the same vowel sound different between two words?

Speech sounds, especially vowels which do not have a specific "place" of articulation (i.e. your tongue does not touch a specific place in the mouth), are influenced by the sounds around it. A /w/ sound is a semi vowel meaning it has properties of BOTH vowels and consonants. So the /w/ sound influences the /a/ sound making it sound slightly different. In this case, the vowel will be made with more rounded lips than it would in the word cash.

This also happens in words with sounds made through the nose like M, N, NG. The vowel becomes a bit nasal.  This would result in the /a/ in can sounding different than the /a/ in cab.

 

Why are the same vowel pronounced differently in different sentences or at different times?

In English, we stress syllables or words by making the vowel longer. This makes even the vowel in the same word sound different depending on stress. For instance, You make a lot of CASH versus You make a LOT of cash. The vowel in the stressed CASH will be longer than in the unstressed cash.


How to say Choke & Joke

Take this quick ESL pronunciation speaking lesson to learn how to pronounce the words: CHOKE and JOKE. These words have a slight difference in pronunciation making them confusing to say. Improve your speaking today with this short video lesson.

CHOKE: CH-long o-K

JOKE: J-long o-K

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Difference between WITCH and WHICH

This question comes from a podcast subscriber from Panama:  "Could you tell us if the words WHICH and WITCH are pronounced the same? Thank you.  Saludos desde Panamá."

Hello Panama!  Thanks for the question.  What a perfect question for today, Halloween.

WITCH and WHICH are pronounced the same.  Both words have three sounds:   W-short i-CH.

Happy Halloween!