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Phonics – How do I pronounce the sounds?


⭐ Try to avoid putting an /uh/ at the end of the letter sounds. So try saying ‘mmmm’, ‘ssssss’ and ‘llllll’ not ‘muh’, ‘suh’ and ‘luh’.


⭐ Using the pure sounds (no /uh/) means that it is easier to blend the sounds together to form the whole word. It’s easier to merge ‘sssss, u, nnnnnn’ rather the ‘suh, u, nuh’.


⭐ To help say the sounds correctly try to avoid making big movements with your mouth and chin. Sometimes whispering the sounds can help.


⭐ Think of a word that contains the sound to help with how to pronounce it. For example, the word ‘strawberry’ when you say it you don’t say ‘suh’ at the beginning but ‘ssss’.


⭐’er’ is accent dependent. I teach it as making an /u/ sound in words where it is seen at the end like in ‘river’, ‘flower’, ‘letter’, ‘dinner’. The alternative pronunciation is taught in Phase 5 with words like ‘her’, ‘herb’ and ‘fern’. This avoids children spelling words and using an ‘u’ at the end. So trying to avoid ‘flowu’ and ‘rivu’.


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