SSSSS, It's Time to Learn Letter S and /s/ Sound
SSSSSay, how are you doing? We're going to teach the letter S and its phonics sound here. Make a hissing sound and say "sssss".
To make the /s/ sound, your mouth opens slightly, teeth touching, and air is pushed through to make the "sssss" sound. Try it, say the /sss/ sound. The /s/ sound is a voiceless sound, that is, no vibration is made in the vocal cords while you make the sound.
Let's compare this to letter Z and /z/ sound, and you'll see what I mean. The mouth shape is exactly the same for making the /s/ and /z/ sounds. The major difference is that S is unvoiced while Z is voiced, meaning that when you make the /zzz/ sound, your vocal cords vibrate to make the sound.
Stretch out the sounds a bit. Try making both the Z and S sounds to see the difference. Here are some word examples:
ZAP - /z/ /a/ /p/ (say: ZZZZZZAP)
SAP - /s/ /a/ /p/ (say: SSSSSSAP)
STOP - /s/ /t/ /o/ /p/
SUCH - /s/ /u/ /ch/
Learning Activity for /s/
- Print the letter S on a piece of paper, and also prepare printouts for the following S words:
- Show the letter S to the child and demonstrate how to make a proper unvoiced /s/ sound.
- Let your child practice the /sss/ sound several times.
- Point to "S" and ask "what sound does this make?"
- Can you stretch it out and say "SSSSS" for me? Good!
- Work on the /s/ sound with the above list of S words.
- Ask your child to identify all the /s/ sounds in each of those words.
- Print and work on the S worksheet provided below.
- Read the rhyme below.
Letter S Worksheets