One of the works Me Too chose this morning was an ending sound sort.
t: hat, bat, heart, boat
d: mermaid, bird, kid, card
m: dime, gum, drum, broom
n: man, dolphin, cone, pumpkin
This is, obviously, an advanced ending sound sort. If the child were new to sorting ending sounds you would make it easier in many ways such as:
- sorting two sounds and later three sounds, not four
- using shorter words. "Kid" is easier than "dolphin" or "pumpkin"
- use dissimilar sounds. It is easy to differentiate "s" from "r". It is harder to hear the difference between "m" versus "n" and "d" versus "t."
- make sure that the initial sounds of the objects you choose are not the same as the ending sounds you are targeting. If Me Too were new to ending sound sorts, I would not have included "dolphin", "dime", or "drum" because it would be too tempting to sort it to the "d" according to initial sound. Me Too is an old hand at different kinds of sound sorts so I didn't have to be careful about that. In fact, I put them in on purpose to double check that he understands the concept of an "ending sound."
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