For the past twenty-six days I’ve chosen a different letter of the alphabet in no particular order and found a word or words to go with it and anything else that comes up and is relevant. Tonight’s slice is going to be super short because my brain has been working on overload and I’m just breathing a sigh of relief that I covered everything and it all worked pretty well.
For the last five days I’m going to remind us of some of the phonics digraphs we use in English (two letters, one sound). Today’s digraph is TH which is probably the trickiest one to say, because it is NOT present in any other language, so everybody says ‘tuh’ or more commonly ‘duh’.
Many times in a day I will tell students to put their tongue between their teeth and say ‘th’ (the soft sound as in think or ‘th’ the hard vibrating sound as in ‘the’).
Some kids pick it up pretty well, some are a bit lazy and need reminding, some do it for certain ‘th’ pronunciations and not others, it’s just one of those things that needs to be on repeat in an ESL classroom. There are after all, very few sentences without a ‘th’ word to be pronounced in them, somewhere!