Here are two words, ‘baby’ and ‘do’, that you need to explain to your child/student.
Your child has learned the sounds represented by ‘a’ as in apple and ‘a’ as in around in lesson 1. This is the first time he is encountering another sound represented by the letter ‘a’.
The sound of ‘a’ represented in the word ‘baby’ is as in the word ace. Here the sound is as in the letter name. Impress upon him that many of the letters represent more than one sound. Do listen to my videos on shut down kids in my video channel found here.
Another letter that needs pointing out is the second ‘b’ in the word baby. Tell him that the second letter ‘b’ uses the sound represented by the letter name which is different from the letter sound of the first letter ‘b’.
You may take this opportunity to tell him the different sounds represented by the two letters ‘by’ combined. One is as in the word baby and the other is as in the word ‘by’.
Another word that needs to be pointed out is ‘do’. He has learned the sound represented by the letter ‘o’ as in orange and now the sound represented is as in the word ‘ooze’.
The explanations above will ensure that a kid predisposed to shutting down will not be confused.
Kids need to be informed that all letters in the English language represent more than one sound.
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