Reading Skills: Gong Show (Vowel Sound Buzz In)
Quick Vowel Recognition
So… first things first: Your child MUST be able to hear the vowel sound in a word accurately. Only then will they have any chance of learning the corresponding spelling so they can learn to read.
Set Up & Game Play
Play this game as if you are all on a TV game show.
- Even though your child may be able to hear the vowel sound (e.g. “EEEE”) when you say it by itself, it can be difficult to recognise the sound when it is in a word. To make it easier, just provide two words at a time (e.g. “foot, feet”) and exaggerate the vowel sounds in the middle when you say the words.
- Older children can suggest a spelling for the vowel sound in order to score a point.
- Instead of using noise makers, children have to perform an action in order to ‘buzz in’ – e.g. jump, hop, clap, sit down / stand up.
Also Works On: Memory, Attention & Listening, Following Directions, Speaking Skills, Balance & Coordination (if actions are used instead of noise makers).
You Will Need...
- Each player will need a different noise maker so they can ‘buzz in’ when they here the target vowel. You can use kitchen utensils, musical instruments, party whistles – anything handy that makes a quick sound