Winona Wind

Why do we need "W"... words wouldn't work without it.
Why do we need “W”… words wouldn’t work without it.


Here is our wise and wonderful Winona Wind. She is a wind cloud that floats high above us watching and waiting … watching and waiting for many years. Winona Wind loves the sound…”w” which is the sound she makes when she blows her wind through the trees.

Winona Wind gets really bored up high in the sky on her own. She loves playing with the birds who are flying by and look like the letter “M” when they are flying. She blows them upside down into her favourite letter-the letter “W” and then she rains into their armpits and tickles them and makes them laugh. You can always tell the difference between the “M” and the “W” because you can hold her rain in the letter “W” like buckets holding water.


GOALS: Stimulating Vocabulary- Adjectives or descriptive words

Listen to her song and watch her video film clip and you will see lots and lots of different clouds. Each cloud has a different shape-colour and form. You can download this sound track from itunes or cdbaby to have at home. If you have received your Complimentary CD sound track…you already have this!

  • Can you use descriptive words to say what the clouds look like? Your answers may be: dusty-thick-clumpy-web like- fluffy-pink-dreary-stormy. Look out for some unusual clouds as well because Winona Wind is just not any cloud up in the sky…she sees herself as more like a cloud artists and she sometimes tries to communicate with the people below by making pictures with her clouds.


  • Which cloud is your favourite? Ask your child which cloud they liked the best and then talk about WHY this was their favourite by using descriptive words.


  • You could even ask your child to think about what would happen next on the ground if that cloud appeared in the sky? This engages thinking beyond the here and now and enable them to make predictions and inferences in their language skill?

Model great answers that you want to hear and give your child a chance to imitate these answers after you.



So how do we make the “w” sound. Look at page 27 in your teach-me-speech-sounds book and read what Winona Wind’s page has to say.

Look at the picture to see how Xavier Ray the x-ray machine demonstrates how the speech sound is made by rounding the lips. Ask your child to highlight all the “W” letters to orientate them to the “grapheme code”.

You are welcome to photocopy the page to do the following tasks.


Now it is time to follow some directions. Take note of the concepts that are highlighted which may be words that kids are learning in kindergarten or their early years of schooling. Some of these words are syntactic markers that change the meaning of the sentence if they are not understood.

Phonic All Stars, Teach-me-speech-sounds is a speech therapy speech and correction program developed by Katrine Elliott, Speech Pathologist from Once Upon A Time Therapy on the Gold Coast, Australia. The program is for student who have challenges with dyspraxia, phonological processing, speech delay, speech impairment, articulation impairments, language impairments, social communication disorder, autism, down syndrome, dyslexia, dysgraphia, central auditory processing disorder, hearing impairment. SPEECH. S.P.E.E.C.H. Therapy really matters when early intervention is given.
Let Winona Wind teach you how the “w” speech sound is made.

After you have looked at the picture:

  1. Can you trace the “W” letters and colour in her picture.
  2. Then why don’t you draw 4 birds that have been blown upside down and are flying like a “W” sound.
  3. Now draw 6 drop of rain from her right arm (looking at you).
  4. Circle 3 stars and cross out 2 stars using a green texta.
  5. Colour half her hat in yellow and the other half in dark blue.
  6. Draw 3 spots on her left boot and 1 cross on her other boot.
  7. If her name ends with the “d” sound, draw 2 vertical lines on 1 chair leg.
  8. Colour both her gloves pink but only if she is wearing a scarf.

Teach your child the concepts that they did not know or didn’t get correct.

Now listen to her song and you can read her song lyrics. Can you do the “W” word count? How many words that start with  “W” can you hear in the song?

Phonic All Stras, Winona Wind, Speech therapy, Phonics. Cruisin' with the Consonants, Katrine Elliott, Speech Pathologist



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