The digraph gn can look like a scary sound to some children, so I usually head this off by saying something like, “This new sound is going to look like a big deal, but it’s not, and once you practice it a little, you’re going to do just fine with it.”
This is one you can expect them to forget and have to be reminded of, by the way. It’s one of those cards that move forward in the binder, only to have to be moved back on occasion. At least, this is true of a lot of children. It’s just that it doesn’t look quite normal.
But it’s true: it’s really not a big deal.
So gn has a silent g — the sound is simply | n |. That is the easiest explanation I have for you.
So here’s a card to help you introduce some gn words:
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