Teaching Tips: Soft "c" Words
- Ask your students if they recognize the items shown in this segment. Do they all know what celery is? What about a certificate? See if you can find an example to bring in—a birth certificate, perhaps, so that students can see the actual object.
Try viewing the segment again—this time with the volume turned down—and invite your students to supply the words as each object is shown.
See if any of your students have the letter “c" at the beginning of their names. Listen for the sound it makes: does it sound like /k/ or /s/? Examples: "Carlos," "Cameron," "Chris," vs. "Cindy," or "Cecilia." Note, too, that the letter combination “ch" usually represents another sound altogether (as in "Charles").
Have your students act out similar segments for a particular letter. Look for objects in the classroom that start with the same letter, and label them on signs or strips of paper, highlighting the first letter. Have volunteers line up to hold a sign, display its matching object, and say the word. You may want to provide the introduction:
- Here in our classroom we have many interesting words that start with the letter "p," /p/:penny . . . paper . . . popcorn . . . purse . . . paulo, etc.
- Here in our classroom we have many interesting words that start with the letter “m," /m/:milk . . . marker . . . magnet . . . map . . . maria, etc.