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The th sounds can be some of the later sounds that your child produces. Words with th sounds may be replaced in with by p, b, f, or v sounds in younger years. However, words with th sounds such as the, that, and thank you come up quite often in English when children start to construct longer sentences or phrases. This blog will give you examples of th words for kids to use and some activities to support them in making the th sound.
Children tend to start making the th sound between ages 4-7. Though there will always be some children that get the hang of the th sound earlier or later than that. Below are some useful examples of th words to practice with your child:
Your child might be able to make words with th sound at one part of a word but might find it harder in a different part. The part of a word that the th sound could appear in is the start, middle, or end. Below are some common th words that have th in the middle and end.
When children start to learn how to put together longer sentences, there are plenty of useful th phonics words that they can use to add some structure. Here are some common th words that can help your child develop their language.
When we make sounds, we can either make our vocal cords vibrate during the sound (a voiced sound) or have our vocal cords open and still (a voiceless sound). A useful way to tell if a single sound is voiced is to put two fingers on your voice box, which is on your throat just below your chin. If you’re making a voiced sound, you’ll feel your voice box vibrating. Examples of voiced sounds are b, d, g, z, l, and n, and examples of voiceless sounds are ch, t, k, p, and s.
There are two types of th sounds, a voiced th sound or a voiceless th sound. Children may have difficulty making one type of th sound but be confident making the other type of th sound. Here are some examples of words with voiced and voiceless th sounds.
Th words that are voiced:
Th words that are voiceless:
Trying to make a new or unfamiliar sound can be hard if your child doesn’t hear the difference between the sound they’re making and the th sound. Have activities to help them understand the different sounds, start to produce them accurately, and have fun doing it!
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Nursery rhymes like "Head Shoulders Knees & Toes" are fun for children to learn to about th words. Watch more here!
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