Updated: Dec 8, 2022
Working on r blends with your child and confused about what words fall under what category.
A little introduction regarding what consonant blends are before diving into R blends.
The term consonant blend, also known as consonant cluster or consonant sequence, is used when two consonants are grouped with no vowel in between them and both the sounds in the blend retain their sounds.
Now let's see what an R blend is. An r blend is a set of consonants in which ‘r’ is the second constant. The 7 most common r blends are GR, PR, CR, DR, FR, BR, and STR.
Here is a list of a few words categorized as per the type of r blend they fall under:
You can incorporate these words in sentences like-
Let's brush our teeth.
Breakfast is yummy.
The braids look pretty
Look at my bracelet charms.
I want crayons.
A king wears a crown.
We see crabs at the beach.
Let's go play cricket.
I want to drink juice.
Your dress is so pretty.
ROAR like a dragon.
Do you wanna go for a drive?
The berries are so fresh.
Let's go play with our friends.
You want fries for snacks.
Can you get fruits from the fridge?
Why are you grinning little kiddo?
Let's do a group activity.
Wanna go play on the ground?
I like grapes.
I am so proud of you.
What present do you want for Christmas?
Let's solve the problem.
You should always tell the truth.
You wanna play with a truck or a tractor?
She is trying to color the triangle.
Just uploading the list of these blends would be like half the help.
Here is a list of fun books that can help your child learn the r blends.
For BR blends -
Room on the broom
Brontosaurus (for all the cute dino fans out there)
For CR blends-
Splat the cat:I scream for ice cream
The very cranky bear
For DR blends-
Do not bring your dragon into the library
Me and my dragon
Curious George dreams
You can search for themes like dresses, drawings etc.
For FR blends -
Freddy the frogcaster.
There are weather wise books of Freddy the frogcaster also
You can search for books on friends, fruits, etc.
For GR blends-
The grumpy monkey
The grumpy groundhog
The grumpy trucks
Froggy goes to grandma's
For PR blends-
Never let a princess paint
Grace for President
Books on principles, being proud of yourself.
For TR blends-
The Goodnight train
Duck on a tractor
T-Rex trick or treat.
The wish tree
Books on traveling, triceratops or trick or treat
If you come across any query about how to teach the r blends to you child, you can always book an appointment with us.
Few games to make learning the R sound fun!
In order to learn something we must practice it regularly, the same agenda is applicable here as well the goal of all these games is to help your child practice hearing and saying the R sound.
Make it fun for them to use ‘R’ sounds, for instance, if your child is into pirates you can dress up as pirates or play a pirate game and say ‘argh’ like pirates say it.
Your child learns how to roll their tongue while imitating the sounds various animals make like ‘growling’ like a dog or ‘roaring’ like a lion.
Rhyming words is one of the oldest and the best exercises to help the child learn the r sound. Like the car, far or rat, bat or tar, war.
While coloring with crayons, the child has to say 'crayon' every time they pick a new color.
R diving- you put many cards that have words with the R sound written on them. Then you both have to take turns picking out cards, the person has to read the word written on the card out loud. You continue picking cards until you pronounce something wrong. The person with more cards wins.
Poems are also a fun way to teach the child the r sound, poems like "row, row, row your boat', or ' boat", or "Mary, Mary, quite contrary". You can make up your version too, as this requires the involvement of your child its extra fun for them.
Use opportunities in everyday activities, whenever you watch TV and their favorite cartoon uses an ‘R’ sound you should repeat the sound in a fun way as that may pique the interest of your kid and they may repeat after you.
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