• Below are lists of suggested words to use when practicing your child's speech sounds at home. Practicing for 5-10 minutes per day in a "drill" format can help your children carryover their speech skills to the classroom and home environment.  These words can be incorporated into a variety of activities, including daily routines, mealtime, storytime, playtime, driving in your car, and more. You can use these words while playing a board game of their choice, playing tic-tac-toe by writing words in the boxes, and writing words on index cards to play memory games or Go Fish. A list of more detailed activity ideas and examples can be found on the "Speech & Language Activities" page. 

     

  • B

    *initial

    ballerina, bedtime, beehive, berries, birthday, bath, boat, bottle, bed, beard, bee, bunny, busy, butter, button, boy, banana, bus, buffalo, bear, bird, bulldozer, butterfly, bike, balloon

    *medial

    cowboy, robot, ladybug, baby, peek-a-boo, cheeseburger, strawberries, log cabin, neighbors

    *final

    crab, cub, web, taxi cab, door knob, crib, job, ice cube, tube, grab, wardrobe



    CH

    *initial

    chain, chair, chase, check, cheer, cheese, chess, chest, chew, chick, chief, child, chin, chimpanzee, checkers, cheetah, cheesecake, cherries, chicken, children, chimney, chipmunk, chopsticks, cheerleader, cheeseburger, chewing gum, chocolate, chili, cherry pie, church, cheery, channel

    *medial

    beach ball, catcher, crutches, hatchet, hatching, highchair, inches, ketchup, key chain, lunch box, marching, matches, woodchuck, touchdown, archery, itching, signature, peaches, picture, pitcher, poncho, teacher, vulture, reaching, witches, stretcher, furniture

    *final

    bench, beach, branch, bunch, catch, coach, couch, ditch, hatch, march, match, lunch, crutch, fetch, peach, pitch, scratch, sketch, touch, teach, watch, witch, hopscotch, sandwich, switch, stretch, spinach, munch, ouch    



    D

    *initial

    dancer, deer, desk, dishes, dog, doll, door, duck, dentist, desert, donkey, doctor, dover, dinner, daisy, dolphin, doghouse, downhill

    *medial

    hot dog, ladder, lady, radish, reading, shadow, wedding, cheerleader, radio, rodeo, kindergarten, bulldozer, spider, headache, body, feeding, daddy, buddy

    *final

    bride, food, hand, bed, mud, parade, mermaid, sled, sand, wood, good, lemonade, ride

     

    F

    *initial

    face, fan, farm, fawn, feed, feet, fence, film, phone, fox, fur, fudge, fabric, fingers, fiddle, fire, fish, five, food, four, fork, foot, forest, fever, fireworks, football, feather, fell, fist, fireman, fussy

    *medial

    elephant, infant, telephone, laughing, waffle, office, taffy, headphones, campfire, coffee, dolphin, buffalo, golfer, alphabet, muffin, sofa, trophy, traffic, snowfall, rainfall, lifeguard

    *final

    calf, cough, elf, loaf, leaf, thief, roof, laugh, giraffe, wolf, sheriff, safe, hoof, chef, knife, photograph



    G

    *initial

    goat, gate, gift, gold, gum, game, girl, ghost, goose, gorilla, guitar, garbage, guppy, golfer, guest, goodbye, garden, gallop, gas, garlic, Goldilocks, garage

    *medial

    dragon, hamburger, luggage, jogging, cougar, juggling, tiger, chewing gum, kangaroo, spaghetti, igloo, magazines, tugboat, sea gull, alligator, pigpen

    *final

    frog, bug, leg, dog, hug, log, slug, hot dog, bulldog, pig, rug, flag, egg, mug, fig, bag, wig, jug

     

    K

    *initial

    can, key, car, comb, cat, cow, kids, corn, candy, kangaroo, cowgirl, carrots, computer, caterpillar, kitchen, kite, coach, king

    *medial

    chicken, raccoon, bacon, pumpkin, rocket, peacock, bakery, helicopter, vacation, apricot, turkey, raincoat, pelican, bicycle, rocking, accordion, sneaker

    *final

    sock, snack, walk, stick, truck, block, snake, steak, snowflake, magic, fabric, haystack, milk, lake, rake, hammock, toothache, creek, back, book, cake, chick, duck, hike, sick, lock



    L

    *initial

    lake, lamb, lamp, laugh, lawn, leaf, leak, legs, limb, lime, lips, list, loaf, log, long, lunch, ladder, lasso, laundry, lazy, lemon, leopard, letter, lettuce, lighthouse, lifeguard, lion, lipstick, lizard, llama, lobster, lotion, lightning, ladybug, lemonade, living room

    *medial

    balloon, bowling, collar, dollar, elbow, eyelashes, jelly, necklace, pillow, pilot, ruler, sailboat, sailor, salad, silly, smiling, stroller, tulip, alligator, ambulance, ballerina, binoculars, buffalo, caterpillar, elephant, eleven, gorilla, Halloween, helicopter, jelly beans, juggler, marshmallow, skeleton, telephone, television, umbrella, valentine, violin, walrus, calendar, celery

    *final

    ball, bell, bowl, bull, doll, eel, heel, mail, mule, nail, owl, pool, seal, snail, stool, whale, anthill, baseball, camel, football, muscle, pencil, snowfall, towel, wheel, basketball, snowmobile, pigtail, eggshell, cartwheel



    P

    *initial

    pencil, pelican, party, pig, pals, pickles, penguin, penny, pony, parrot, parachute, pizza, pirate, pet, pigtail, peach, painter, pearls, picnic, puddle, piano, polar bear, poodle, pyramid, parade, pie, pants

    *medial

    leopard, diaper, hippo, apple, teepee, wallpaper, grasshopper, zipper, mopping, octopus, napping, soapy, dripping, teapot, typewriter, zookeeper

    *final

    jeep, lamp, mop, ape, soup, tulip, ship, tape, sheep, asleep, jump rope, envelope, hula hoop, shop, ketchup, bus stop



    R

    *initial

    raft, ram, rain, rash, rat, read, road, robe, rope, rose, rug, ring, wreath, wrench, roof, race, rock rabbit, raccoon, radish, rainbow, wrist, rattle, raincoat, robin, ribbon, robot, rocket, rhino, radio, rattlesnake, relatives, rake, round, roots, ruffles, raisins, rectangle, rip, reach, rules, roll, resting

    *medial

    airplane, arm, bird, carrots, earrings, cherries, giraffe iron, horse, lizard, marbles, fairy, fork, pirate, purse, scissors, shirt, sheriff, squirrel, camera, parachute, wheelbarrow, turkey, furniture, turtle, celery, gorilla, pyramid, kangaroo, walrus, party, worm, nurse, clarinet, park, orange, syrup, parade, zero, ballerina, corn, flowers, beard, butterfly, barn, macaroni

    *final

    bear, car, chair, deer, door, ear, fire, floor, four, hair, jar, pear, square, star, tear, tire, alligator, beaver, baker, dinosaur, doctor, dollar, farmer, father, feather, flower, guitar, hammer, juggler, ladder, letter, lobster, mother, newspaper, painter, panther, shower, spider, sugar, sweater, teacher, tiger, tractor, vampire, zipper, rooster, shoulder


    Vocalic R Word List

     

    S

    *initial

    sale, salt, sand, saw, seal, sew, sick, sign sing, sit, soap, sock, soup, circle, sun, saddle, sailboat, sandal, sandwich, sea gull, seashell, seat belt, seven, sewing, sofa, softball, subtract, surfer, syrup, celery, cereal, safety pin, Santa, seventeen, sunflower, city, saving, signal, submarine

    *medial

    baseball, bracelet, castle, dancer, fussy, glasses, icing, possum, bathing suit, whistle, babysitter, bicycle, dinosaur, gasoline, grasshopper, popsicle, medicine, recipe, tricycle, motorcycle, eraser, braces, groceries, eyesight, insect, kissing, lasso, messy, muscle, outside, pencil

    *final

    boss, box, bus, chess, class, dice, dress, face, fence, fox, goose, grass, horse, house, ice, kiss, lace, moose, mouse, nurse, price, race, rice, vase, us, yes, address, birdhouse, cactus, fireplace, lettuce, necklace, octopus, office, bookcase, purse, mice, geese, mattress, shoelace, thermos, waitress, walrus, doghouse, erase



    S BLENDS

    *SK

    skunk, skirt, skeleton, skateboard, scarecrow, skates, school bus, scarf, skin, scoop, sketch, skip

    *SL

    slippers, sling, sleeping, slide, slug, sled, sleeve, slip, sloth, sleigh, slime, slouch, slice

    *SM

    smile, smell, smoke, smash, small, smokestack, smart, smart, smirk, smooch, smack, smooth

    *SN

    snail, sneeze, snake, snore, snow, sneakers, snuggle, snowmobile, snowman, snapdragon, snicker

    *SP

    spider, spoon, spool, spaghetti, sports car, spaceman, spill, spooky, speaker, speed, speak, spin

    *ST

    stairs, stamp, star stop, student, stove, storm, stork, store, story, sticky, steps, steak

    *SW

    sweater, swing, sweep, swim, swan, sweatpants, sweet, swimsuit, swing, swallow, switch, sweat



    SH

    *initial

    chef, shoe, shapes, sheep, ship, shirt, shells, shut, short, show, shot, shrimp, shy, shop, shadow, shampoo, shamrock, sharing, shaving, sheepdog, sherbet, sheriff, shoelace, shoulder, shovel, shower, sugar

    *medial

    invitation, celebration, nutshell, washcloth, usher, workshop, gas station, bushes, cashier, dishes, fishing, flashlight, fractions, horseshoe, lotion, milkshake, mushroom, ocean, pushing, slingshot, windshield, toothbrushes, directions, addition, sunshine, tissues, eyelashes, marshmallows

    *final

    brush, cash, dish, fish, leash, push, rash, splash, squash, trash, wash, wish, goldfish, hairbrush, mustache, mouthwash, eyelash, paintbrush, starfish, toothbrush, radish, finish, ticklish, nail polish

    T

    *initial

    teeth, tie, tire, toad, toast, toys, two, teacher, teepee, tiger, teenager, telephone, turkey, taco, toothbrush, toolbox, toes, team, talking, tossing, towing, towel, tourist, taxicab, turtle

    *medial

    button, cheetah, guitar, kitten, photos, skater, sweater, mittens, waiter, anteater, butterfly, computer, litter, potato, peanut butter, daughter, rattlesnake

    *final

    ant, bat, boat, boot, cat, coat, fruit, goat, hat, bracelet, astronaut, parrot, robot, parachute, flashlight, chocolate, doughnut, newt



    TH

    *initial

    thorn, thin, three, thimble, thumb, thunder, thick, thigh, thousand, thief, third, think, thank you, Thanksgiving, thirsty, thermos, thirteen, thirty, thermometer, theater

    *medial

    bathtub,bathroom, earthworm, athlete, bathrobe, toothache, toothbrush, panther, python, toothpaste, birthday, marathon, toothless, feather, father, mother, weather, bathing suit, together, brothers, clothing, grandfather, grandmother

    *final

    bath, broth, cloth, earth, fifth, math, mouth, teeth, tooth, sloth, wreath, youth, birdbath, moth, locksmith, north, path, strength, booth, month, south

     

    V

    *initial

    van, vase, vault, vest, vet, vine, vote, vacuum, valley, vampire, village, vowels, vulture, valentine, visor, visit, video, vinegar, violets, violin, visitor, volcano, volleyball, vegetables

    *medial

    Beaver, clover, driveway, ivy, seven, shaving, carnival, envelope, screwdriver, seventy, Thanksgiving, truck driver, traveler, beverage, heavy

    *final

    cave, dove, glove, beehive, olive, sleeve, five, love, locomotive
     

    Z 

    *initial

    zoo, zebra, zero, zigzag, zip code, zipper, zoom, xylophone, zebra fish, zeppelin, zinnia, zoologist, zucchini

    *medial

    bulldozer, magazine, music, newspaper, physician, poison ivy, television, blizzard, cheesecake, closet, cousin, daisy, desert, dozen, dessert, gazelle, lizard, pretzel, newspaper, noisy, puzzle, scissors, wizard

    *final

    beads, bears, bees, boys, bugs, cheese, dogs, eggs, jeans, keys, kids, legs, nose, paws, peas, prize, rose, sneeze, animals, apples, babies, bananas, cookies, dinosaurs, fingers, flowers, sandals, pigs, sneakers, tomatoes