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250+ K Words, Phrases, Sentences, and Reading Passages

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Final K by Syllables

birthday cake

garter snake


railroad track

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wedding cake

chocolate cake

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Initial K Phrases and Sentences

healthy cabbage

cactus in a pot

bright candle

piece of candy

fresh carrots

silver coin

freezing cold

traffic cone

new cookbook

yellow corn

red ketchup

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Some people think cabbage is gross.

Her cabin is made from logs.

Cactus grow in funny shapes.

Everyone likes cake.

The soda was in a cooler.

The candle lit up the dark room.

I will save my candy.

The car is fast.

We will play a game with cards.

We pick carrots from the garden.

The cat was going to crawl away.

The cave was by the ocean.

A coat is for sale.

He used his coin to buy treats.

He shivers when he is cold.

She likes to comb her hair.

Slow down when you see a traffic cone.

She is using her cookbook to make dinner.

The cop was working a case.

We are having corn for dinner.

A farmer had a cow.

A bear cub looks so playful.

I put ketchup on all my food.

I lock my door with this key.

My keyboard is wireless.

She is a cute kid.

The kite flew high.

Medial K Phrases and Sentences

ripe apricot

crispy bacon

muffin baker

racing biker

green bookmark

eat breakfast

broken vase

playing checkers

chicken coop

fresh cookies

crunchy cracker

stubborn donkey

rain jacket

paper napkin

small package

male peacock

white pocket

orange pumpkin

raccoon tail

tennis racquet

red raincoat

soccer ball

pink sucker

crunchy taco

male turkey

white vacuum

An apricot is delicious.

A bacon smell fills the house.

A baker loves muffins.

Racing is fun for a biker.

She uses a bookmark to keep her page.

I love bacon, eggs, and orange juice for breakfast.

The vase was broken.

Checkers is a fun game.

The chicken was by the coop.

He likes his cookies fresh.

He has four crackers.

The donkey stood in a pasture.

She wore a rain jacket in case it rained.

He wrote on the napkin.

Where did this package come from?

The peacock has gorgeous feathers.

He has nothing in his pocket.

The pumpkin is on the rock.

The raccoon has a striped tail.

He hit the ball with the racquet.

His raincoat was red.

The boys love playing soccer.

The gum on my shoe is too sticky.

She licks her pink sucker.

He wants his taco fresh.

A turkey sounds funny when it gobbles.

I need to vacuum the rug.

Final K Phrases and Sentences

yummy cupcake

bad headache

strawberry milkshake

sheet music

notebook paper

pretty peacock

rake leaves

long sidewalk

healthy snack

throw stick

sore stomach

short toothpick

silver truck

He has a pain in his back.

He liked to bike long distances.

She wants to read the book.

She is pointing to her cheek.

Her cupcake was yummy.

He saw a duck at the petting zoo.

I have a bad headache.

Let's go on a hike in the mountains.

That is a rusty hook.

He has a leak in his pipes.

My dog likes to lick me.

You can use a lock on a shed.

I want a strawberry milkshake.

This looks like hard music to play.

She is touching her neck.

She uses her notebook every day.

We rake leaves in the fall.

The rock is heavy.

She is too sick to go to work.

The sidewalk goes through the park.

She is eating a midnight snack.

She throws a stick for her puppy.

His stomach was sore from the pain.

He has a toothpick in his mouth.

A silver truck drives by.

She goes for long walks.

K Reading Paragraphs

Uncle taco's bike.

Uncle Taco loved to go biking every weekend. He liked to bike up and down mountains, around lakes, and through tunnels and caves. He liked to bike when it was hot and when it was cold.

One day he wanted to go on a bike ride, but couldn't find his bike. He looked and looked, but could not find it.

On his way to work the next day, he was puzzling about where his bike would be. As he was walking he noticed a carrot-colored pumpkin in someone’s garden.

"That's it!" he exclaimed. He ran home as fast as his little biking legs could carry him.

When he got home, he ran to the shed behind his house. After moving the rake, his backpack, and his colorful kite, he found his bike - right next to a carrot-colored plastic pumpkin. He had put his bike in the shed to remind himself that he needed to clean it out. And he spent the next weekend doing just that.

Cookbook Detective

Every Tuesday I go to Candle Park. I listen to music and read my book of the week.

Last week I took my breakfast to the park with me. A taco, some bacon, and a milkshake...my favorite. As I ate my breakfast, a cop with a notebook came by.

"Did you see a cat, a donkey, or a duck run by here?" he asked.

"No sir, I didn't?" I said.

"I am a detective, and I am trying to solve the stolen cookbook case," he said, "If you see anything weird on this sidewalk please call me."

"I will," I said. When he left, I thought of a great book title for his case. I would call it "The Great Cookbook Catastrophe."

Katie's Candy

Katie is careful with her candy. She loves it. She doesn't like cookies, crackers, or cupcakes - just candy. She likes her candy so much, she puts a lock on her candy box whenever she goes to sleep. She wears the key around her neck.

All of that changed after Katie got a sick stomach from eating too much candy. Now she eats healthy food like carrots, corn, and turkey. She hopes she won't get sick like that again.

This list of functional words was professionally selected to be the most useful for a child or adult who has difficulty with producing the "K" 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 "K" 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 "K" error because he/she continues to say it incorrectly. 

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110+ Initial K Words Speech Therapy {Free Word Lists}

One of my favorite things about speech therapy is that no two children or speech students are alike. One student needs an initial k words speech therapy list while another student is working on sequencing or following directions. 

Every session I get to work on something new! 

As a Speech-Language Pathologist in the elementary setting about half of my caseload was articulation students. 

That’s why I’m on a mission to provide you with simple easy to use articulation lists and hopefully a variety of home practice sheets for students to work on their articulation sounds at home. 

Today I will be sharing with you my initial k word list.


Initial K Sound – Correct Position

The initial k sound is one of many back of the mouth sounds. When working on the initial k sound, one of the velar consonants, the first thing you want to do is pull your tongue to the back of the mouth and place it against the soft palate (the top of your mouth).

Once your tongue is in position then push air through your mouth while lowering towards the front of the mouth. 

If your child or student is struggling to place their tongue in the correct position you can use a tongue depressor to provide your child’s tongue with a tactile cue.


Age Mastered

By 2 years of age children will begin making the k sound and by the age of 3 years old the child will have mastered the sound according to the GFTA-2 Standardized sample.

If your child is struggling or making slow progress to produce the initial k sound, the first thing you’ll want to do is get testing done by a speech therapist.

Minimal Pairs

A great way to work on sound production is through minimal pairs.

A minimal pair is two words that differ by only one phoneme, in this case, the initial /k/ sound.

For example, “key” and “tea”.

When you pronounce these words side by side, it’s easy to hear the difference in the initial sound.

Having a list of initial k minimal pairs is a great way to work on correct production, especially for your phonology students!

Target Words: Initial K Words Speech Therapy

Here’s a list of initial k articulation sounds for you to use in therapy or at home practice to work on your student or child’s articulation disorder.

  • For Example: cat, can, kite, kangaroo, carrot, cup, key, cut, cab, cap, corn, comb, candle, kiss, kid, coin, cash, cone, king, cow.

See full list of words, phrases, and sentences below.

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Word Positions: Initial K Words Speech Therapy 

Initial sounds.

The initial position of the k sound is at the beginning of a word. For example, “candy” or “coat”.

Medial Sounds

Some words have the k sound in the medial position of a word, such as “baker”, “soccer”, and “socket”.

Final Sounds

The final position of the k sound are when the target sound is at the end of a word. For example, “take” or “bake”.


Initial Words at Word Level

Some ways to practice include having your child or student say each initial k word one by one as they go through a list. 

Using a dot marker can also be a fun way to practice having your child put a dot under each initial K sound. 

In addition, I’ve compiled an easy-to-download one page overview of initial k sounds below. Simply scroll down to the bottom of this post and download your free copy.

  • 1 Syllable: king, key, kids, kiss, kite, kind, keep, kale, kick, kayak, kelp, kiln, kept, card, cow, card, cut, coat, cave, card, cake, cold, cool, cop, corn, cone, cub, coin, can, cat, comb, catch
  • 2 Syllable: candy, color, carrot, kitchen, kindness, kingdom, keyboard, kitty, Kenya, karate, Korea, kidney, Kansas, karma, karaoke, kidding, ketchup, keeper, kicker, kindle, kiwi, keyhole, cutting, cushion, courage, cousin, country, costume, cookie, correct, confess, cookbook, confess, cartoon, candle, cactus, cabbage, cabin 
  • 3 Syllable: koala, Kennedy, Kentucky, kinetic, kidnapping, kilogram, kindhearted, kimono, cantaloupe, Canada, camera, calendar, capital, carpenter, colorful, coconut, cardinal, customer, coyote, courtesy, counselor, correction, consider, comedy, computer
  • 4 Syllable: kindheartedness, kookaburra, kaleidoscope, category, cauliflower, coincidence, Colorado, caterpillar, combination, comedian, community, congratulate, Kindergarten, cooperate, Connecticut, conversation

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Short Sentences or Phrases

When working on initial k sound production, it’s important to work on short phrases once your child or student has mastered the sound at the word level at or near 80% or higher accuracy.

Here is a list of initial k word phrases to try:

Initial K Words Speech Therapy in Phrases


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Sentence level: initial k words speech therapy.

The next step after working at the word and phrase levels are to work on the initial k sound at the sentence level.

For example, you could give your child or student a list of sentences to read aloud while they work on their initial k sound. 

Another idea would be to give your child or student pictures with their initial k sound in them and then have them create a sentence about those pictures.

Below is a list of sentences to use with your child or students.

Initial K Words Speech Therapy in Sentences


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Initial K Words Speech Therapy Ideas

Boom cards are a fun game and an engaging way to strengthen your child or student’s articulation skills.

Here are a few favorite boom cards to work on the initial k sounds:

1. FREEBIE: “artic”-tac-toe: initial /k/ words Boom Cards by carajoyspeech is a great resource that engages students with tic tac toe to practice initial ‘k’ sounds. 

2. Starts With C or K? BOOM Cards – Digital Task Cards by Kirby Tutoring is a fun way to practice the ‘k’ sounds while also practicing spelling!

3. Free Feed The Penguin K Sound Boom Cards | Articulation | Speech Therapy by GoldieTalks Speech is an engaging way to help your students practice initial ‘k’. They will have fun feeding the penguins the appropriate sound! 

4. Football Themed Articulation Practice BOOM CARDS™ for Initial /k/ Freebie by Speech with Kat formerly Caffeinated Kathryn SLP is a great way to get students engaged with initial K practice. Students will hit 100 initial k targets while moving their football player down the field. 


Dot Markers

One way to help your child or student see the initial k sound in words is by using a dot marker.

Have them say the word and then put a dot above the letter that makes the /k/ sound. For example, have them say “kite” and then put a dot above the k in the word “kite”.

Another way to use a dot maker is to use them as reinforcement boards allowing the student to make a dot with their dot marker after practicing one of their initial k words.

Here are a few examples your child or student might enjoy:

5. K and G Fall Trees Printable Articulation Activity Speech Therapy FREEBIE by Pinwheel Speech Resources is a fun dot marker activity that color codes both K and G sounds! 

6. Spring Do-A-Dot Initial K & G by Speech Circus is a fun activity created to help students practice initial K and initial G sounds! 

7. March St. Patrick’s Day Dot and Say Freebie – K Sound by Red Rose Speechies is a fun, St Patricks Day themed dot activity. This is a no-prep activity with 6 different K sound worksheets ready to go!  

8. Spring Alphabet Dab & Dot Worksheets – Initial Letter Sounds by Printable Parents is a great resource that compiles dot marker activities for all initial sounds with a fun spring theme!

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Parent Guide

Here is a handy parent-friendly print page that you can provide to parents working with children on the initial k sound. 

9. Mini book – I can see a car – colour. by Clip it Together is a simple activity to send home with parents to practice the ‘k/c’ sounds with their child at home! 

Final K Sound

If you need a list of final k words you’ll want to check out my complete list of final k words here .

Initial K Packet

I have a fillable form below to access my free initial k articulation lists along with free picture cards. Simply scroll to the end of this post and fill out the form to grab your own copy!

Go Fish was a fan favorite in my therapy room! It’s perfect for young children because they get to play a game while working on their therapy sounds.

I have a Go Fish game with multiple sounds in my tpt store currently. 

10. Articulation Activity Go Fish | T and K Minimal Pairs | Speech Therapy by Speechies and Cream is an engaging Go Fish game for students to practice K and other sounds! This has a fun underwater theme with 32 cards.

11. Initial Sound Go Fish by Elisabeth Haywood is a great activity for students who are practicing initial k, as well as other sound targets. 

Velar Fronting – T for K

When your child or student substitutes the initial k sound for the initial t sound this is called velar fronting and they are taking back sounds for the same sound that is made in the front of the mouth. 

An example of this would be saying the word “tight” instead of the word “kite”. 

One way to work on velar fronting of the initial k sound would be to work on minimal pair words. By having your child or student have the words “tight” and “kite” side by side with a picture and then have your student practice saying each word and listening for the slight difference. 

Here are a few resources to get you started:

12. Fronting & Backing Minimal Pairs (/k/ /t/ and /g/ /d/) by Rachel’s Speech Goodies is a set of 5 pages of flashcards targeting both fronting and backing of the k and t! There are 24 pairs in total.

13. FREE /T/ and /K/ Minimal Pairs Speech Handout (Fronting/Backing) by The Speech Scoop is a set of 2 pages with pictures that target T and K. This is great for early intervention or younger elementary students!

14. K & T minimal pairs by Adventures in Speech Language and Literacy is a great resource to use when targeting the velar fronting of K and T! This resource is a no-prep, print-and-go worksheet to practice with your students!

Interactive Game

Playing an interactive game can be a fun way to work on articulation sound disorders.

Here are a few interactive games that your students might enjoy:

15. Initial g and k words speech “fishing” homework freebie by Saidi Marshall is a set of worksheets for students to color while practicing initial k sounds! 16. /k/ initial Bingo by Just Peachy Speech with Jenny has been a favorite of many students while practicing initial k! Initial K Bingo is engaging and great for early elementary students!


Free Articulation Lists

Inside each of the articulation word lists I’ve included free word lists, phrase lists, sentences, and picture cards to make your therapy planning faster. 

These worksheets also make for appropriate homework pages for any age or grade since they use real-life photos. 

Plus send them home for even faster progress on your student’s articulation sounds. 

In Conclusion: Initial K Words Speech Therapy

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    The initial position of the k sound is at the beginning of a word. For example, “candy” or “coat”. Medial Sounds Some words have the k sound in the medial position of a word, such as “baker”, “soccer”, and “socket”. Final Sounds The final position of the k sound are when the target sound is at the end of a word. For example, “take” or “bake”.

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