Help kids work on phonics skills and mastering Ch Sh Th sounds with this FREE Pritnable Digraph Game for Kindergarten and 1st Graders.
My sweet kindergarteners have been working so hard on learning CVC words or short vowel words. And they have become quite successful with this. Isn’t it a joy to teach your young ones and get to be apart of watching them learn to read?
Well, as we have gotten better at those CVC words, it is time to add some new sounds. We are now adding digraphs to our short vowel words. Yep, we are focusing on ch sh th and the sounds they make.
And this low prep digraph game was just one way we practiced these new sounds.
Sh Ch Th Words
I love games that are easy to prepare, and this digraph game is one of those.
- First, print off the game boards and word cards. I recommend card stock paper as it will hold up better.
- Next, cut out the word cards and slide them into large learning cubes.
- Finally, gather up some game pieces or let your child choose their favorite LEGO Block character.
Now it is time for some reading.
I decided to get in some movement with the game and had them gently toss the die across the room. Then they ran to the die, picked it up, and without moving the die, ran back with it.
Next, I asked them to read the word. My twin boy could quickly read it, but my twin girl needed a little support. Gently I would guide her fingers under each letter or diphthong and she would make the sounds. (Remember that the sh, ch, and th make one sound. Our little ones should not be making the s sound and then the h sound.)
Then, we quickly moved her finger under the whole word as she put all the sounds together.
Finally, they would move their game piece up until they landed on the word they had just read.
Just as a heads up, these digraphs sounds can be difficult to make for little ones that struggle with speech.
I spoke to my daughter’s speech teacher regarding this, and she offered this advice.
Definitely practice making the sound correctly, but once they begin reading the words don’t harp on it. As hard as it can be, try not to worry too much if your child is mispronouncing the “th” in words while she reads aloud–UNLESS it is affecting their comprehension of the word. (ex: If they interpret “three” as “free”). If they are comprehending the word while they are reading it and reading it correctly in context then don’t worry too much about the mispronunciation of the sound or word itself.
Knowing that my little girl is working on these sounds in reading, her speech teacher is now incorporating them into her speech instruction time. And hopefully, in the near future, she will be reading and saying her digraph words beautifully.
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