as most of you know we're going to be homeschoolers. And I have been doing some pre-k stuff w/ A for the past year or so. Right now we're on a "Letter-of-the-Week" curriculum. He's doing great - he knows all his letters, recognizes the sounds they make, and can identify words that start with them. Oh, and can also trace really well and actually free-hand a couple of them.
The problem I'm having, though, is his pronunciation of some of the letters/sounds. He has a REAL hard time w/ the hard "c" and "k" sounds, and now we're on "Q", which is similiar. He will say "tat" instead of "cat". He has a hard time w/ the hard "G" as well - "doat" instead of "goat". I have been trying to work on this w/ him, by holding down his tongue when he says these words, so he can understand tongue placement and how it's supposed to sound. But it's frustrating. He doesn't really like ME to hold his tongue down, but when HE does it - he just barely puts his finger in there and still makes the "T" and "D" sounds. I started working w/ him on this when we got to letter C and now we're on Q - so you can see how many weeks this has been.
It's funny, becuase I have so much experience w/ small children - 6 years of pre-school myself, and then 1 year nannying. But I just cannot remember if these kind of pronunciation issues are "normal" at his age. Since he will not be in school, where teachers can catch problems, I want to make sure I stay on top of these things and address anything that really is an issue. Do you think his pronunciation problems are "normal" for his age? Or should he be starting to talk clearer? If so, am I doing the right kind of exercises to help, or what else could I do?
I understand him perfectly fine, and his Dad does most of the time. But sometimes my Mom or sisters say they can't. He starts soccer in about 1 month, and I want to be sure he can communicate w/ his coach and other players.
NEW: Pronunciation Frustration (views: 62)
-- Thursday, 23 February 2012, at 08:46 AM
How old is he again? m (views: 39)
TennisMommy -- Thursday, 23 February 2012, at 10:32 AM
Agree with TM (views: 27)
Pippi -- Thursday, 23 February 2012, at 11:20 AM
Re: Pronunciation Frustration (views: 33)
pckmnj -- Thursday, 23 February 2012, at 11:34 AM
I wouldn't worry. M (views: 28)
VictoriaN -- Thursday, 23 February 2012, at 01:26 PM
Yea, he is... (views: 36)
RockabillyMama -- Thursday, 23 February 2012, at 02:20 PM
My older dd had a lisp and was "off" with some pronunciation. I expressed my concern to the ped (views: 33)
MC -- Thursday, 23 February 2012, at 04:22 PM
Holding down his tongue is not the proper way to help him with the /k/ sound (m) (views: 31)
Darbyk -- Friday, 24 February 2012, at 01:48 AM
thanks, Darby! (views: 24)
RockabillyMama -- Friday, 24 February 2012, at 07:03 AM