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Alphabet Song for the Letter "S"
Greg Whitfield

This song is available on AlphaSongs.

Of all the letters, S is probably the most common initial consonant. There are thousands of common words that begin with S. Scour the old magazines around your house and you'll find pictures of sweets, Suave shampoo, soap, sandwiches, sofas, salads, Sprite, Skippy, socks, slacks, stars, spaghetti sauce, streets, swings, slides, seashells... See what I mean?

Collect as many S pictures as you can, and make a book or collage. Help your child to label each picture, encouraging them to say the words and write down the sounds they hear. Correct spelling is NOT the goal here, but hearing the sounds in the words in their correct order IS! "Spaghetti" spelled "spugete" is just fine for now - what's important is that the child hear the sounds in the words and recognize S as the initial sound.

Since the letter S is used to make singular nouns into plural, another activity is useful when exploring the letter S. Make up a list of nouns, preferably simple vowel-consonant-vowel words like dog, cat, log, bug, pig. Divide a paper into 2 columns. In the first, write 1 dog, 1 cat, etc. Across from each in the second column, have your child write 2 dogs, 2 cats, etc.

Discuss the use of S at the end of words to show that there is more than one.

In a sleepy southern suburb
Lived a snake named Samuel South
With his seven serpent sisters
In a seven-story house
And the house was something special
For a snake it was the best
Samuel South himself designed it
In the shape of letter S

Now Samuel and his sisters
They were suited to their home
Since they themselves were S-shaped
They could slither, they could roam
Up and down the S-shaped staircase
Past the kitchen's curvy walls
To the squiggly S-shaped bedrooms
Through the squiggly S-shaped halls

And on Saturdays and Sundays
When their suppertime was done
They all would gather 'round the fire
And sing this song:

/s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/
/s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/
/s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/
/s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/

Now the neighbors were complaining
'Cause they soon got pretty tired
Of the song the snakes were singing
Weekend nights around the fire
But a snake can only say one sound
The sound of letter S
So when Samuel and his sisters sing
It always sounds like this:

/s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/
/s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/
/s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/
/s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/

Then the neighbors sold their houses
And a bunch more snakes moved in
And now Samuel and his sisters
Have a bunch of S-shaped friends
And on Saturdays and Sundays
If you listen you can hear
Samuel singing with his sisters
And his neighbors far and near

/s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/
/s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/
/s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/

/s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/ /s/



See more of our Vowel, Phonics and Preschool Song Lyrics

Many thanks to Greg Whitfield for permission to publish his lyrics and lesson suggestions from AlphaSongs, a collection of 26 original songs, one for each letter in the alphabet.

Copyright © 1996 Greg Whitfield.  All rights reserved.




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