Run Around the Roses
Recognize and produce the /r/ sound in phrases or a series of words that all begin with /r/.
- 2–3 paper or plastic roses
- Run Around the Roses song
- Rosie's Roses by Pamela Duncan Edwards (optional)
The children will run around and sing about red roses while listening for words that begin with the /r/ sound, such as ring, roses, and run.
Run around the roses with /r/ actions
- Read the book Rosie's Roses by Pamela Duncan Edwards, emphasizing the /r/ sound (optional).
- Have the children stand in a circle and put the roses in the middle of the circle.
- Teach the children the Run Around the Roses song.
- After the children have learned the song, have them sing it while running around the roses on the floor.
- As a group, make a list of different actions that start with the /r/ sound on the board (e.g., reach, roll, ride).
- Replace the word run in the Run Around the Roses song with a different /r/ action (e.g., reach, roll, ride), then sing the new versions of the song with corresponding actions.
Identify the target sound
- Sing the Run Around the Roses song again as a group and have the children clap whenever they hear a word that begins with the /r/ sound.
Blend sounds into words
- Have the children blend word parts into whole words by tapping their head when they say the /r/ sound, then touching their toes when they say the ending, and finally clapping once when they say the whole word together. For example: /r/ (tap head) + /ed/ (tap toes) = red (clap hands)
- /r/ /ed/ = red
- /r/ /at/ = rat
- /r/ /ound/ = round
- /r/ /oll/ = roll
SEEL Target Texts
Run Around the Roses (to the tune of "Ring Around a Rosy")
Red, red roses,
We all run* round!
SEEL At Home
Your child will repeat phrases that begin with the /r/ sound.
- Picture cards
Activity: /r/ Remember
- Lay the picture cards face down in columns and rows.
- Take turns with your child turning over two cards to try and find a match.
- If a match is not made, turn the cards back over so they are face down again.
- When someone gets a match, have him or her say, "I remember r___ and r___ (insert name of picture card)."
- When all the matches have been found, the person with the most matches wins.
- After all of the matches have been found, point to each match and say together, "We remembered r___, r___, r___, etc."
Run Around the Roses