Thursday, August 31, 2017

Ending Sounds

Many of the students in my classroom have communication or speech difficulties. This makes reading and writing difficult for them as they are unable to pronounce or hear all of the sounds in the word. It takes a lot longer for my students to learn their initial word sounds as they are unable to verbalise many sounds. It is important to take this into consideration when teaching students who have speech difficulties.
Two of my students can now identify the initial sound at the start of an unfamiliar word. This is evident in their reading and writing as they will use beginning sound cues to guess what the word might be or write the first letter down when writing a story. These two students are now working on identifying the middle and ending sounds and they are also learning to make CVC words. While the student in this video isn't one of my target students, i have been using similar activities with James. Both students have speech difficulties.
 In this video this student has to identify if he can hear the "n" sound at the beginning or the end of the word. I decided to use these activities to introduce him to sounds at the end of the word. I felt that teaching them the sound at the end would be the best next step rather than middle sounds. Medial sounds are often vowels which my students struggle to identify as they sound similar. 


  1. Hi Lauren,
    It is great to read about the great work you are doing with your students. I do acknowledge how challenging it is to work with these students. I am very impressed to see how your students are learning their letter sounds, the initial, middle and ending sounds through visuals. I believe I can find your strategies helpful to use in my teaching practice too. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great work Lauren. It is pleasure to read you blog and follow your students journey.