Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to learn the phonogram ‘th’. The Raising Robust Readers program has a specific sequence for teaching phonograms wherein children find success early on. However, we believe that going out of sequence when a phonogram has importance and relevance to children is important and educationally sound, as well!
As Thanksgiving approaches, there is ample opportunity for introducing your child to the ‘th' phonogram. Again, we are here to guide you!
Th is found in three of those. /th/ and /tz/ is how it goes.
When you say the word “three,” hold up three fingers. As you say the word “those,” use your pointer finger to point in front of you.
When you say “three,” your tongue is placed between the top and bottom teeth; but you can still push out air, creating a softer, airy sound. When you say “those,” your tongue is also placed between the top and bottom teeth, but the air does not get pushed out the front. This creates a vibration on your tongue which results in a harder /tz/ sound. After this explanation, children may refer to the sounds as the “airy” sound or the “vibrating” sound of ‘th.’ They are also referred to as the soft and hard ‘th’ sounds.
For more information about the steps to introducing a new phonogram, refer to our previous blog here.
Now, give these adorable thumbprint turkeys a try!
These thumbprint turkeys can be made with either ink pads or acrylic paints and a small piece of card stock paper. Have your child use his or her thumbprint to create a colorful turkey. Keep in mind that these thumbprints are a layered process and should begin with the widespread feathers in the back.
1. Create a yellow row of thumbprints that are fanned out to create the back row of feathers.
2. If you are using paints, I suggest waiting a few minutes for the thumbprints to dry before doing the next row of orange feathers.
3. Make one more row of red feathers when the orange row is dry.
4. Add one more brown thumbprint in the center for the turkey’s body.
5. Finally, add feet, eyes and a beak with a fine point Sharpie. Wiggly eyes can also be glued on to finish your turkey!
1. Start with one brown thumbprint for the turkey's body.
2. Add one row of feathers in different colors.
3. Add the final details with a Sharpie and wiggly eyes.
In keeping with the ‘th' jingle, here are three different uses for these thumbprint turkeys:
Don't forget the search for the ‘th' phonogram on the go, wherever you go! Visit the library where lots of Thanksgiving books are featured.
Can you find the following words?
We have also created a ‘th' bingo game. This is a great resource to keep the children busy while you prepare the big Thanksgiving feast. You can find a copy of the bingo cards here.
We are thankful to be able to share these activities with you! Thank you for being a part of the Raising Robust Readers family!