Saturday, May 7, 2011

Episode 34: The Limerig

Click here to listen to: The Limerig

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. As you might remember, Mr. Chris is a speech language pathologist and one of his responsibilities is to help children learn how to say words using the right sounds.  Sometimes children switch sounds around when they are learning to talk.  Some common sounds to mix up are sounds that are made in almost the exact same way in your mouth. For example, the /p/ sound and the /b/ sound are almost exactly the same.  Try saying, "Puh, Puh, Puh."  Now try the /b/ sound "buh, buh, buh."  Notice how you make both of those sounds by putting your lips together? The only difference between those sounds is that for the /p/ sound you don’t use your voice and for the /b/ sound, you do use your voice.  Try it again placing your fingers on the front of your throat. Do you feel those vibrations when you're making the /b/ sound? That is larynx making those vibrations on the /b/ sound!

Another set of sounds that are close together are the /k/ and /g/ sounds. It’s fun to think about how we make different sounds.  Mr. Chris thought it would be fun to think about what would happen if we swapped the k's and g's in different words and this poem was born.  As you listen to the poem, consider the following: “What can you do to help people communicate better?"

Suggestion: Mr. Chris recites this poem pretty rapidly. If it is a little too fast for you just listen to it again and again!

What did you say? A word of the day! In our story there are many
juicy words that are fun to use and say.

exist: to continue to be or live.
nod: to bend (the head) in a short, quick downward movement

Try these activities to keep your imagination glowing after hearing the story.

1. Record a message for us using
If you have never heard of it, Mr. Chris and I made a quick audio clip together describing how to use it on his podcast, the A.T.TIPSCAST To learn more about, click the direct link to the audio:  you record the message, send it to us at!  

Here is my recorded message: Miss Mel's example Vocaroo message.  

Once you record your own message, there are a couple of options. You can "Send to a friend" or you can "Post to the Internet".  "Sending to a friend" will bring up a space to put in the email of the friend you want to send your recording to. "Post to the Internet" will bring up a link to your recording and the HTML code.

2. Say each of the sounds in your name with your fingers on the front of your throat. Which sounds make the vibrations?

3. Do the exercises in this video made by Mr. Chris, Two Minute Mouths, to practice moving your tongue, lips, and jaw! 

After listening to the story, can you recall the details to 
answer these questions?

1. If wing became wink, what would certainly fall?
2. What would happen if your voice cracked by the sink? 
3. When you awake from dreaming of drings, your mind is all filled with what types of things?

Don't forget to squeeze your Mom tight on Sunday, May 8, 2011!
Have you heard our Mother's Day story? 

My Mom, My Hero
A poem we dedicated to our Mom's for Mother's Day.
Free audio download: My Mom, My Hero
Blog with activities: My Mom, My Hero

We want to send out bright birthday wishes to:

Jacob C of Virginia

Riley G of South Dakota

Morgan B of Hingham, Massachusetts

Chris L of Massachusetts

Jessi S of Louisiana

Kim of the Musing Mommies podcast

We hope your day SPARKLED!


Listen to these special episodes of the
 for even more
Better Hearing and Speech Month Fun!

Episode 74: Contextualized Communication
 When a student is a successful communicator 90% of the time, what can 
be done to help him increase that percentage?

Episode 54: The Small Mermaid
An original short story fairytale about a mermaid who loses her voice to a sea witch and how she finds a new way to communicate.

Episode 33: Voice Feedback Modulators
 My family helps demonstrate a strategy for teaching appropriate volume.

Episode 19: Sabotage!
 Have you ever been chased by the ASHA police? Not fun.

As always, we look forward to watching the glow grow brighter with the   
many stories and strategies we can share together!

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