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Letter and sound substitution

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Heidi Gallagher | Wichita Collegiate School | Wichita, Kansas

In a classroom management scenario, I like to switch how I pronounce my students names by using letter or sound substitution with the weekly letter of focus and the initial sound of their name.

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When you call a student’s name to line up or sit down, it can get a little too routine, and they stop noticing when you call their name. A fun trick I have for my four and five-year-olds is I substitute the initial sound of their name with the letter we’re working on. So instead of the “H” in “Henry,” I’m gonna give a “K” and make it “Kenry.” So I’d be like, “All right! I’m ready for Kenry to line up!” And Henry is going to look at me and be a little surprised, but very excited to line up. Next, I would probably say, I’m ready for Kam to line up! So Sam would jump up and instead of hearing the S in his name, he’d hear a K, and he’d go to line up. I’d do this through all of my class kids, and then we’d be ready to go to our next activity.

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