- Suitcase or duffel bag
- Picture cards or objects that start with /v/ (e.g., vacuum, violin, volleyball)
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will pack things for a pretend V vacation as they listen for words that begin with the /v/ sound, such as violin, van, volleyball, and vroom.
Pack /v/ things for a V vacation
- Display all of the picture cards or objects and help the children identify them, pointing out that they all begin with the /v/ sound.
- Give the children the following clues one at a time and help them choose which /v/ item goes with the clue and gets put in the suitcase or duffel bag.
- When the children put the /v/ item in the suitcase or duffel bag, have them say, “___ (e.g., Violin) for a V vacation!”
Correct Item or Picture Card:
|I need a machine that says, "Vroom!" It is loud and cleans the carpet.||Vacuum|
|I need something that makes music and that you can hold like this (pretend to hold a violin).||Violin|
|I need a type of ball that you hit over a net.||Volleyball|
|I need healthy food.||Vegetables|
|I need something to wear that does not have sleeves.||Vest|
|I need something to put flowers in.||Vase|
|I need a big car.||
Repeat words with the target letter
- Say, “What can I bring on my V vacation that starts with the /v/ sound!”
- Help the children think of things that start with the /v/ sound that you can bring (e.g., vest for the /v/ vacation).
Clap out sounds in words
- Have the children take apart the word van and clap once for each sound in the word (/v/ /a/ /n/).
- Ask the children how many times they clapped for the word van (3).
- Clap for each sound in the word van again to reinforce the model.
- Repeat with other words that start with /v/ (e.g., vet, vase, veer).
- Point out that all of the words start with the /v/ sound.
SEEL At Home
Recognize and produce the /v/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /v/.
- Household items that begin with /v/ (e.g., vase, vinegar, vegetables)
Activity: V Vacation
- Pretend with your child that you are going on a V vacation and he or she can only bring things that start with the /v/ sound.
- Walk through the house with your child and find things that start with the /v/ sound that you could take on vacation (e.g., vase, video game, van). When you find /v/ things, say, "___ (e.g., Vinegar) for the V vacation!"
- After you have found several /v/ things, review the items (emphasizing the /v/ sound, and ask your child which /v/ thing is his or her favorite.