The soft C sounds tend to be found more in multi-syllabic or complex words. Having a fair understanding to decode such sounds can enable students to read difficult words. Your 1st graders can practice such words with soft G through curriculum-aligned games on SplashLearn.
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We automatically pronounce the letter "G" softly when the word has the letters "e," "i," or "y" after it. Moreover, we do not pronounce it as "ga." The sound is always "j." Take, for example, the word giraffe. As the G is followed by I, the ga sound is converted to J.
While kids have to memorize these rules for further recognition and spell out such words, it would get easier if they practice more. That is because, as with every time they practice, they get better.
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To help the kids practice the g sound:
Bring a mix of soft "g" words and hard "g" words.
Help them point out the difference in the sounds.
Make them constantly pronounce the sound for a few seconds, but don't stretch as they may get bored.
Stimulate them to make a quick list of other words and tell them to discuss it with their partners.
Start with introducing the sound in a fun and interactive way by showing the mouth movements. Show how the tongue does not touch the palate while pronouncing the soft g.
Help them play games on SplashLearn as SplashLearn has a range of some of the best interactive and online games for effective learning of words with soft G for 1st graders. Sign Up today!
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