First of all, if you’re in a rush and need some quick /k/ and /g/ words right now, scroll down to my free /k/ and /g/ words lists!
But, if you’re ready to finally get your articulation organized and provide systematic, evidence-based therapy to your students, read on for my best tips and materials that help you get the job done without a lot of prep!
A pretty typical /k/ sound error is substituting /t/ for /k/, which is known as fronting. With /g/ you’ll hear a /d/ instead of a /g/. Many little kids are fronters when they are learning to talk, but if they are still fronting when they get to be 4 or so years old, they might need a little help with their speech.
Why bother working on this sound when they still might grow out of it? Children at this age are also learning to read, which means they are learning about letter sounds. Articulation impairments can impact reading development, so we want to make sure that these kids get the right speech sound and can move on with overall language development.
If there are other pattern-based speech errors present (known as phonological processes), you might want to consider using the cycles approach for speech therapy to rotate through errors and maximizing your speech therapy time.
I greatly prefer to use high frequency words for my articulation practice. The research really does show that we need to maximize the number of production trials to make the most progress. The magical number is 100 trials! That’s a lot of trials and it’s a struggle to get anywhere close to that many when your session is more about playing a game, reading a story, or playing with toys. I find that I can get it done with some no-nonsense worksheets that help my kids get in and get out of speech! You can make it fun with dobbers, stickers, smashing playdough, or minis.
It really is the best when the simplest things are also the most effective!
I created my No Prep K Articulation Activities Using High Frequency Words for /k/ and No Prep G Articulation Activities Using High Frequency Words for /g/ products to make it easier to get to those 100 trials, using functional words your kids will be saying all day long! You’ll find all the easy, no-prep worksheets and words you need to target words with /k/ and /g/ at the word, phrase, sentence, and conversation level.
Ok, but we can’t all be speech therapy robots, right? Depending on the student, you might need to add a little bit of fun game time into your therapy too. I’ve got you covered! There are a ton of different ways you can quickly turn any targeted practice into an engaging articulation game, while still working towards your trial goal.
My K Articulation Playing Cards – Outline + Color Printable Deck for Speech Therapy and G Articulation Playing Cards: Outline + Color Deck for Speech Therapy are perfect for some targeted practice and they work with any game you can play with regular cards!
I also have a few products that I like to use with all speech sounds.
I like to use my Mini Articulation Cards for Speech Therapy for easy targets of all speech sounds that I can use in just about any activity, even crafts!
Some groups work really well doing articulation centers. I set up my room so I get to spend a little one-on-one focus time with each of my students and they get lots of lots of repetitions! My Speech Therapy Centers for Articulation give you everything you need to set up fun stations in your therapy room.
Finally, when I’m ready for some sentence level or conversational articulation practice, I like to use my Articulation News and Articulation Menus, which both feature target-rich stimulus materials based on specific speech sounds. Students love to pretend to be newscasters or ordering at a restaurant and will need to make their target sound lots of times while having fun!
I like to work on phonological awareness skills with my articulation students because the research shows that the majority of these kids will need it! My Daily Phonological Awareness Questions and Reference Lists for Speech Therapy include lots of general phonological awareness activities, and include sheets that target both literacy skills AND speech targets for maximum efficiency!