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a zillion stars
taste of zing
California zip code
girl named Zoe
no parking zone
day at the zoo
Zach sits on the grass.
They are acting zany.
You will zap yourself if you touch the wire.
We saw a zebra in the jungle.
Our address has a zero in it.
The paths zigzag down the hill.
There are a zillion stars in the universe.
The doctor recommended zinc for her cold.
The lemon made her mouth zing.
The zinnia is a beautiful flower.
Don't forget to write the zip code.
Pull on the zipper to open your suitcase.
Zoe likes to read at home.
That is a no parking zone sign.
We're going to the zoo on Saturday.
Zoom in with the camera.
He is wearing a Zorro costume.
We grow zucchini in our garden.
scoop of raisins
The blizzard lasted for three days.
She was always busy in the morning.
He got the first slice of cheesecake.
No one has a bigger closet in the house.
I want to pick the daisy.
The desert was dry.
I couldn't decide on a dessert.
She left her fuzzy slippers on the couch.
He decided to be lazy today.
The lizard moves fast.
This looks like hard music to play.
He has a small present.
They worked on the puzzle together.
I want raisins in my cereal.
He uses a razor to shave.
Don't run with scissors.
The party is on Thursday night.
We are having lunch on Wednesday afternoon.
win the prize
going to sneeze
They served beans at the picnic.
The worker bees make honeycombs.
Melt the cheese and we can dip chips in it.
He likes his cookies fresh.
They own two dogs.
They decided to exercise outside.
The baby's fingers were so tiny.
The potted flowers were colorful.
His glasses helped him see.
Use the hose to wash your car.
Don't lose your keys.
She is holding her knees.
She is pointing to her nose.
That is a big stack of pillows.
It is polite to say please.
He won the prize.
Allergies made him sneeze a lot.
He ordered a plate of tacos.
Zach went over to Zoe's house on Thursday. She was outside with the hose. Her house had tons of flowers around it. There must have been a zillion. It was so beautiful that Zach thought she deserved a prize for the most beautiful flower garden ever!
Zoe took Zach around each of the flower beds and told him what the flowers were called. He didn't sneeze once. His favorites were the zinnias. They felt so soft on his fingers when he touched them and, besides that, zinnias were the coolest name. Any words that started with a Z like "Zach" were the coolest.
Zoe asked him if we wanted to help water the flowers. He took the hose and began watering. When he got over to the zinnias they were surrounded by bees. Zach had zero love for bees, so he dropped the hose and ran as fast as he could. He zigged and zagged, but there was still one bee zooming after him. Zach yelled, "Please, please, please don't sting me!" Just in time, Zoe zoomed in with her fly swatter and zapped that bee to the ground.
Zoe shrugged her shoulders and said, "You want to go in and have some cookies?" Zach nodded and said, "Yes please!"
There once was a lizard name Zorro. He used to live all alone in the desert, but now he lived in the park with a few other lizard families.
He was an unusual lizard because he loved to collect human things. Zorro even had his days planned out so he could be productive and find lots of things.
Monday was his lazy day. You could say it was his day for "picking daisies."
Tuesday was his exercise day. He used his human items and lifted them as weights so he would be the strongest lizard. He never wanted to find something he couldn't carry back to his cave. He would be doomed!
Wednesdays, he searched for food. He would find little beans, bits of cheese, and lost raisins. Sometimes he found broken cookies and colorful candies. One time he even found a whole slice of cheesecake. He had to be "Zorro" strong that day to lift the Tupperware off so he could eat it.
Thursdays, he got "in the zone" and hunted for treasure. So far, his collection consisted of lost keys, broken glasses, missing puzzle pieces, rusty scissors, buttons, and a men's razor. His prized possession was a soft, nameless, fuzzy thing he used as a pillow. It made his nights so relaxing and wonderful!
Friday was his washing day. He would sing music all day long and wash his new found treasures.
On Saturdays, he opened his cave and let the other lizards in to look at his prizes. It was zero cost to enter, but if they wanted to eat some of his food, they had to bring him a treasure to keep. Those were his best deals!
His week ended with Sunday. He would pick fresh flowers, eat dessert, and do a puzzle. He loved to think about how he did not miss the desert at all! You could say he was one zany lizard!
Zander was in the kitchen with his sister Zaria. She was making a present for him.
On the counter was the blender, raspberry juice, refried beans, cheddar cheese, pretzels, leftover tacos, raisins, crackers, zucchini, and several seasonings. Zaria began dumping things in the blender.
First she put in the beans, cheese, and pretzels and mashed them down with a spoon. Next she put in the tacos, raisins, and crackers. Then she let the blender zing for about 10 seconds. Zaria cut up the zucchini with scissors and dropped it in too. Then she said, "Hand me those seasonings!" so Zander did. She sprinkled them in a crazy zig zag pattern over the top of the blender and Zander sneezed the biggest sneeze of his life!
Zaria looked up with a crazy look on her face and said, "Sorry Zander, but I know you are going to love this blizzard! It's called the Zillion - because you can put a zillion things in it and it's still to die for!"
She poured the raspberry juice in until it reached the top and the blender zinged again. "It needs one more thing," she said.
She took a frozen slice of cheesecake out of the freezer and put it in the blender. It zinged again and Zaria poured the mixture into a glass. Then she held it out for Zander.
Zander held it up to his nose and sneezed again. He did not want to drink it, but Zaria wanted him to so bad that she said please about a zillion times. He did not want her to be sad so he plugged his nose and took a drink. First he tasted the refried beans, then the raisins, and then everything else followed.
The Zillion blizzard was the perfect name for it because it felt like there was a horrible blizzard going on in his stomach. He was about to hurl so he zoomed to the bathroom. He leaned over the toilet and thought, "My sister is right. This is to die for!"
This list of functional words was professionally selected to be the most useful for a child or adult who has difficulty with producing the "Z" sound.
We encourage you to use this list when practicing at home.
Doing home practice will help your child make much faster progress toward correct production.
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are only able to see students/clients 30-60 mins (or less) per week.
This is not enough time for your child to overcome an articulation disorder with the "Z" sound. But with high caseloads...
...it's all SLPs can do.
There's only so much time in the day.
Every day that your child goes without practice it becomes more and more difficult to correct an "Z" error because he/she continues to say it incorrectly.
We know life is busy, but if you're reading this you're probably someone who cares about helping their loved one as much as you can.
Practice 5-10 minutes whenever you can, but try to do it on a consistent basis (daily).
Please, please, please use this list to practice.
It will be a great benefit to you and your loved one's progress.