How do you teach sh and ch sounds?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

When teaching the “sh” and “ch” sounds to your child, it’s important to start with sounds that they can already articulate. If your child is able to say the “t” and “sh” sounds, you can use these sounds as a foundation to elicit the “ch” sound.

Here’s how you can do it:

1. Explain the concept: Begin by explaining to your child that the “ch” sound is a combination of the “t” and “sh” sounds. This will help them understand the process better and make it easier for them to learn.

2. Demonstrate the sounds: Show your child how to say the “sh” sound by placing your tongue on the roof of your mouth and letting out a long, breathy sound. Then, show them how to say the “t” sound by quickly touching the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth and releasing it.

3. Practice the “sh” sound with tongue pressure: Instruct your child to say the “sh” sound, but this time, ask them to hold their tongue on the roof of their mouth. Encourage them to feel the built-up pressure before they release the air out of their mouth. This step helps them understand the tongue placement and pressure required for the “ch” sound.

4. Introduce the “ch” sound: Once your child is comfortable with the “sh” sound and tongue pressure, explain that the “ch” sound is made by combining the two sounds. Encourage them to try saying the “sh” sound while also quickly touching the tip of their tongue to the roof of their mouth, just like the “t” sound.

5. Practice the “ch” sound: Now, have your child practice saying the “ch” sound. Start with simple words that contain the “ch” sound, such as “chip” or “chat.” Encourage them to focus on the tongue movement and the release of air to produce the sound accurately. Provide positive reinforcement and praise their efforts as they practice.

6. Expand to more complex words and phrases: As your child becomes more comfortable with the “ch” sound, gradually introduce more complex words and phrases that contain the sound. Encourage them to use the “ch” sound in sentences and in different contexts to reinforce their understanding and ability to produce the sound.

Remember to be patient and supportive throughout the teaching process. It may take some time for your child to master the “ch” sound, but with consistent practice and encouragement, they will eventually get it. Make learning fun by incorporating games, songs, or other interactive activities that engage your child and keep them motivated.