Teach CH To Your Child

At this level, you are going to teach your child how to say CH correctly. Use all the information you learned in How to Say CH to make this process easier.

I like to use a mirror during the initial teaching phase. This technique works well for most children. If your child is distracted by it, remove it. You can follow each step simply by looking at each other.

Teach CH 


I like to use a mirror during the initial teaching phase. This technique works well for most children. If your child is distracted by it, remove it. You can follow each step simply by looking at each other.

Teaching Techniques

Try these ideas first. If you get a good CH, you are done!

1. Have your child say "choo-choo" like a train. If your child can say CH with this technique you are lucky and you are done. Move down to the syllable practice. If not, keep reading.

2. Tell your child to say "achoo" as if he or she was sneezing. Demonstrate this first and make sure to exaggerate the "ah" and the "choo." I like to pretned like I am sneezing as well. Have your child try it. If this works, you are done! Move on to syllable practice below. 

Need more help? Keep reading. 

1. If CH sound like Sh, your child's tongue is in the correct place. Now, you need to teach your child to make a hard, short sound. Draw the letters T and SH on a piece of paper. Have your child say SH while pointing the letter. Then, have your child say T while pointing to the letter. Once your child understands, have him or her say T and then SH right after one another (pretty quickly.) Keep trying this until you hear a "ch."

2. Sometimes pairing words together makes the process easier. Have your child say "hit sheep" as quickly as possible over and over again. You should start to hear "he cheap" soon. Once your child can say CH with this technique, have him or her repeat CH multiple times to get the feel for it.

3. If CH sounds like S, the tongue is too far forward. Tell your child to bring the tongue back farther in the mouth. You can move your hand forward to back to encourage the tongue to move back. Once the tongue is back, it may sound like SH. If this is the case, try the techniques listed above. 

Moving on to Syllables:

Now, you are ready to practice CH in syllables! Say a syllable that has CH such as "cha," "choo," "ich," "uch" etc... and have your child repeat it. Make sure to cover CH in the initial, medial, and final position.

Helpful Tips:

  • Bring attention to your lips and teeth when possible. I like to point.
  • Make it fun!

Frequency:

  • Once your child can say CH, move on!

What's Next

Now that your child knows how to say T and what cues are helpful, head over to Drill Practice & Flashcard Games at the word level to start teaching and 

Don't spend too much time here.


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