Welcome back to Read Not Guess. Today we’re going to work on the soft “g” sound like in the words “magic” and “large.”
Remember that we’re going to focus on the sounds the letters make. Both parent and child will need to be able to see the screen.
Let’s get started.
As we’ve covered already, some letters can make more than one sound. The letter “g” can make a hard sound like in the words “gorilla” or “guitar.” But it can also make a soft sound more like the letter “j,” as in words like “gem” or “edge.”
Explain that the “g” often makes the soft sound when it is followed by the vowels i, y, or e, (especially the Magic E).
Now let’s try reading some soft g words:
an g el
Now let’s do a few with the Magic E at the end:
Now let’s do a few with the where the “soft g” combines with the “d” sound:
Here’s a decodable story for your child to practice:
The Magic Garden
Gina has a magic garden.
One day, a gentle wind blows a tiny seed into her garden.
The seed grows into a large, green tree.
Under the tree, Gina finds a shiny gem. She holds it up.
Suddenly, the gem starts to glow. "I am a magic tree," the tree says in a soft voice. "I grant wishes!"
Gina closes her eyes and makes her choice. "I wish for a whole basket of daisy flowers!"
In an instant, colorful flowers bloom everywhere.
Gina smiles from ear to ear.
That’s it for today. We’ll see you next time!