how to pronounce k sound

This pronunciation lesson is designed for 3-6-year-old children to help them pronounce the letter k correctly using its phonic sound.

Learning phonic sounds is important for children as this helps them to learn how to read. This is the first step in learning spelling and vocabulary.

In our previous video lessons, we learned about phonics, the importance of learning phonics, and the phonic sound of the letters up to k’. This video lesson is the 11th in a row of learning the sound of letters. 

Why phonics is important for a child to learn?

The English language has 26 letters and 44 speech sounds. All the various speech sounds (phonemes) are represented by combinations of these letters. In early childhood, children typically begin to develop an awareness of phonics and other aspects of literacy with the correct way of teaching sounds (phonics).

When learning pronunciation with the help of phonetic sounds, 

  • It helps to read and write easily and quickly. 
  • It improves their vocabulary and the way of their conversation and learns how new words are formed. 
  • It builds patience and concentration in a learner. 
  • It helps to learn the syllable structure easily and to become a good speller. 

Overall, phonics provides children with a sound knowledge of English alphabet letters, and therefore it makes it easier and more convenient to understand and identify letters or symbols. 

How to pronounce ‘k’ using its phonic sound?

The letter ‘k’ is a consonant and to make its pronunciation, one needs to raise the back of the tongue to touch the roof of the mouth and then release. The sound is made with the breath whereas its voice twin uses the vocal chord. 

The letter ‘k’ sound is a voiceless or unvoiced sound because the vocal cords do not vibrate together. Instead, we use air.  The sound of the letter k is /k/ and is a counterpart of the sound of /g/. For example kid, kitten, kettle, etc. 

How to introduce the pronunciation of the ‘k’ sound to the child?

  1. Invite the child to the table and tell them, today we are going to learn the sound of the letter ‘k’ produces.
  2. Show the child how the letter ‘k’ looks like and what is the sound of the letter ‘k’.
  3. Say it several times by producing the /k/ sound as shown in the video.
  4. Ask the child to repeat the sound after you.
  5. Show the child a picture or miniature of words starting with k such as a kite. 
  6. Repeat the sound of k every time while showing the image of the kite 
  7. Now show another picture that starts with k and again pronounces the letter ‘k’ sound.
  8. Encourage the child to make the sound of ‘k’ whenever the picture is shown to them.

Other activities to introduce the phonic sound of ‘k’ to the child

  1.  Trace out capital and small letters ‘K/k’ on a paper/ rice tray and let the child make a drawing of a kite on the capital alphabet and a key on the small alphabet. Each time the child draws a key or kite, speak out loud–/k/ for key and /k/ for kite. 
  2.  Making a kiwi on a paper plate and coloring it could be a fun idea while pronouncing the /k/ sound.
  3. Playing a lock and key game could be helpful to develop the fine motor skills of the child and also emphasize on the /k/ sound, every time the child opens the lock with the key.
  4. Playing kitchen games and making tea could be fun for the children. Let them pour tea from the small kettle into the small cup. You can pretend to drink the tea and let the child pronounce /k/ as the kid pours tea from a kettle to a cup.
  5. A picture card game wherein a few pictures begin with the alphabet K and the rest with some other alphabet. Let the child recognize the picture that begins with the alphabet k and makes the sound /k/ each time while picking the right card.

This video allows the child to explore the short consonant sound of the English letter ‘K’ and learn words starting with it, such as key, kangaroo, kiwi, and kitten. 

Watch the video to learn how the sounds of the letter ‘i’ are repeated for each word so that the child can hear and pronounce the words accurately.

Related pronunciation videos:

  1. Pronunciation of the letter ‘j’
  2. Pronunciation of the letter ‘g’
  3. Pronunciation of the letter ‘d’
  4. Pronunciation of the letter ‘l’

 

For more pronunciation and English language resources, click here

Video created by: Strykun Olena

 


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