How to Teach Hard and Soft th to Young Kids
Soft and Hard th
The lesson for young kids is getting more complicated as you keep going but don’t worry because it is becoming simpler for them. The truth is, as you go on teaching the children, everything becomes easier for them to understand as they become familiarized with new reading skills every day.
The next lesson after the digraphs –nk and –ng is the th blend. The th blend can be hard th and soft th. The hard th is pronounced like (d) while the soft th is pronounced like (t). The digraph th could be initial, medial or final. For my class of young children, I only teach the initial th and the final th. For the final th, I only teach the soft sound.
Since this is the first time of the children to learn about the soft sound and the hard sound; you don’t want them confused and bored by explaining what is soft and hard. Just tell the children that th can be pronounced like /d/ or /t/, to make it simpler for them to understand.
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Now You Can Give Examples of Words With Th
Here are words with hard th—
Here are words with soft th—
Fun Activities for Hard and Soft th
Reading is always part of teaching phonics. When children read reads, phrases and finally sentences, they automatically register what they have read in their mind; that makes it easier for them to absorb and retain what they have learned.
As I have always stated in my past articles; choral and individualized reading are always helpful tools for teaching children.
Whatever lesson children copy, are better registered in their mind and this makes it easier for them to understand then retain what they have learned. Aside from developing their mental skills, copying also develops motor skills.
Games are always fun for children. They make the children alive and more focused in the lesson. Games must be related to the subject matter of course because your purpose here is for lesson enhancement.
Young kids love stories especially if they read the story themselves. Make sure that the story is easy to read and simple for them to easily grasp. If the children understand what they are reading, the more they enjoy and have fun learning.
Rhymes and Poems
You can use rhymes and poems too for teaching the lesson about soft and hard th. This is a fun activity and children love reciting rhymes and poems too so this will make for an interesting way to teach hard and soft th.
Paper Work Exercises
Paperwork exercises are always important when teaching young children. The more exercises they do, the better they learn. The actual and hands-on experiences of children in the classroom makes learning more effective. If they actually do something, they could relate more to the lesson which makes learning for them more productive.
All these activities sums up effective learning for the kids.