While the ck sound seems simple to adults, it can trip up some of our students. Like many other occasions, we can introduce this sound using a logical conversation. It’s better to introduce it than to let the child stumble around on it.
I like the conversation to go something like this (remember that these aren’t scripts, they are just examples). First, I bring out the binder card (pictured at right). I point at the c first, and then the k.
Me: What sound does the c make?
Me: That’s right! And what sound does the k make?
Me: Yep! Are those sounds the same, or different?
Me: Let’s think about this word, here (pointing at “truck”). Which sounds right to you? Truck? Or truck-ck?
Student: (laughs usually) Truck.
From there I just explain that both of those sounds — the c and k together — make a single |k| sound. The whole conversation takes maybe a minute. Don’t belabor it — they’ll get it, and it’ll solidify in their minds as they practice using the binder review.
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