Helping your young reader learn what sound the letters “ch” make when they are together in a word can be as simple as serving lunch or chinner.
You are about to serve a very special lunch or dinner, but first, start with a book. We found the book Chilly Charlie by Dana Meachen Rau at our local library. I decided to use this story to teach my little one the sound that “ch” makes and you can too! There are many other books that you can use, such as:
Show your child the book and read the title. Point out the “ch” in the word(s) and tell him or her that when “c” and “h” are together they make a new sound, “ch”. Have your child say the sound a few times. Say it with them, being funny usually helps! Whenever you come to a word in the story that has “ch”, exaggerate the sound a little bit to draw attention to it. Sometimes, I would even say, “Look, that word had “ch” in it. Did you hear it?”. Continue reading the story together and listening for the “ch” sound.
Now for the really fun part! Later in the day or night, serve them a fabulous lunch or dinner featuring the “ch” sound.
Notice the Chicken nuggets (meatless for us), Cherries, and Cheese?
Purposefully fill the plate with “ch” foods. You can even have chips or chocolate milk! When you present the meal to your child tell him or her that the meal is very special. Say the name of each food out loud. First, see if s/he notices that they all start with the “ch” sound. If s/he doesn’t notice, tell your child that you have prepared them a “ch” (say the sound) lunch or dinner!! I did this at dinner time but I told my son that it was actually “ch”inner not dinner. He thought that was pretty funny and the dinner started off on a positive note.
As you eat, talk about the “ch” words that your child is consuming. You may ask, “How are those cherries?”, accenting the “ch” sound when you speak. I had to tell my child to stay in his ch-ch-chair. He hid his food in his ch-ch-cheeks! This made us wonder what other body parts start with “ch” like cheeks. Chin, of course! My little one pointed to his nose and called it his “chose” to be funny. Eureka, he gets it!
You could even look for things on the table and figure out if they have “ch” in the word. How about, “salt”, “napkin”, or “chipmunk”? Why you have a chipmunk on the table, I do not know. But I don’t judge.
The secret is— HAVE FUN!! The more fun you have together playing with the “ch” sound, the more memorable the time spent will be. Your ch-ch-child will remember the “ch” sound as well as the fun bonding time with you. What could be better?
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