Barbara's Best Bakery
Recognize and produce the /b/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /b/.
- Signs (see below)
- Grid with Bs (see below)
- Real bits of buns, banana bread, bread, brownies, or bagels (optional)
- Pictures of baked goods (see below)
- Pretend dollar bills or B coins (see below)
The children will go to Barbara’s bakery to buy baked goods and listen for words that start with the /b/ sound, such as buns, bagels, brownies, and banana bread.
Practice the skill within an activity
Buy baked goods at Barbara's Bakery with Bs
- Set up Barbara’s Bakery by putting up the signs that say Barbara's Best Bakery and Buy Baked Goods at Barbara's Bakery.
- Lay out baked goods (or pictures of baked goods—see below) that begin with /b/, like buns, bread, brownies or bagels, and label them.
- Read the bakery signs to the children, pointing to the letter B and emphasizing the /b/ sound when appropriate.
- Show the children the baked goods in the bakery: the bread, buns, brownies, or bagels (pictures and/or real baked goods), and have the children repeat the baked good names after you, emphasizing the /b/ sound.
- Comment on the baked goods: “Barbara bakes the best banana bread!” “These are buttery buns." "Look at the beautiful bagels.”
- Ask the children if they want a bit or a bite of Barbara’s best-baked banana bread (or another letter B baked good).
- Tell the children they can buy bits and bites of Barbara’s best banana bread by writing a B or tracing a B on the B-grid.
- Let the children pay for the baked goods with a pretend dollar bill or with pretend B coins (see below), having them say the /b/ sound as they pay.
- Ask the children what words they heard that begin with the /b/ sound and make a list on the board.
- Read the words aloud to the children, pointing to the letter B and emphasizing the /b/ sound as you have the children repeat the words after you.
Apply the skill
Use /b/ words to brag about the bakery
- Share a couple of examples of how the children could brag about Barbara's Bakery, using words that begin with the /b/ sound, such as "Barbara has a beautiful bakery!" "Barbara's bakery has the best brownies!"
- Hold up one of the baked goods, and invite a child to brag about that baked good using words with the /b/ sound such as best, beautiful, and biggest.
- Repeat with different baked goods and different children.
- Review the /b/ sound words that were used, emphasizing the /b/ sound, and have the children repeat the words back to you.
Barbara's Best Bakery