Welcome back to Read Not Guess. Today we’re going to work on the “th” sound.
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.
Today’s Letter Sound
As we've discussed, some letters can work together to make new sounds. The "th" combination sounds like the beginning of the word “this” or the end of the word “with.” (Here's a short, silly YouTube video to hear it out loud.)
Have your kids read the "th" sound as they point to the letters:
Ask your child which of these words does NOT have the "th" sound:
Because it’s such an important word in the English language, take a moment to have them read the word “the” three times:
Now we’re going to work on “blending” letter sounds into words. Your child can start slowly by saying each sound individually, but each time, they should try to say it just a bit faster.
Ask your child to say the correct sounds as they point to the letters:
th i s
th u d
Now try a few with “th” at the end:
w i th
b a th
m a th
How about this sequence?
th ick ly
Silly Sentence Challenge
This might be hard, but see if your child can sound this out:
If the sloth has a bath now, she will get this brush wet.
If they read it smoothly, great! If they stumble, have them sound it out another time or two to get it right.
That’s it for today. We’ll see you next time.