- Pretend Pennies Store sign*
- Pail or bucket
- /p/ objects or picture cards*
*Items included below
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will shop at the Pretend Pennies Store and listen for words that begin with the /p/ sound, such as pig, pen, penny, purse, and pail.
Put pennies in a pail
- Pass out pennies to the children and let them shop in the Pretend Pennies Store you have set up.
- Allow them to pick an object that starts with /p/ or a picture card (see below) to purchase.
- When the children make a purchase, have them put their penny in the pail and say, “I put my penny in the pail for a ____ (e.g., pig)!”
- If desired, give the children more pennies and allow them to make multiple purchases.
Clap out sounds in words
- Have the children take apart the word pig and clap once for each sound in the word (/p/ /i/ /g/).
- Ask the children how many times they clapped for the word pig (3).
- Clap for each sound in the word pig again to reinforce the model.
- Repeat with other words that start with /p/ (e.g., pet, pad, pot, pin).
- Point out that all of the words start with the /p/ sound.
SEEL At Home
Recognize and produce the /p/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /p/.
- Real or pretend pennies
Activity: Pretend Pennies
- Help your child find objects around the house that begin with the /p/ sound (e.g., pants, pajamas, purse, plant, pizza) and set them up like a store.
- Give your child some real or pretend pennies (see below) and which /p/ objects he or she would like to buy.
- Each time your child chooses a /p/ object to buy, say together, "Pass the penny to buy the ____ (e.g., pants)."
- Have your child pass you a penny before taking the object.
- When you have finished playing, ask your child which items he or she purchased with his or her pennies and say them together, emphasizing the /p/ sound in each word (e.g., /p/ /p/ pants).