Learning Letter C and /c/ Sound
We will be teaching the letter C and its /c/ sound here.
C is a short letter sound that cannot be stretched. Although you'll see its /c/ sound often times represented as "cuh", you should NOT pronounce it as /cuh/ - that is not correct. This /c/ sound is made by a quick puff of air pushed through your mouth, and the ending "uh" part should not be voiced. Please see the following video showing a 3 year old boy demonstrating the letter C /c/ sound and reading various words and a sentence.
You'll see us write "cuh" here and there, but this is simply to make it easier to read, and it should not be pronounced as /cuh/. In certain situations (combinations), C could also represent the /s/ sound; however, we're just going to teach the basic code and the basic /c/ sound here.
Take a look at the following sample words using the letter C and the /c/ sound.
CAT - /c/ /a/ /t/
CLAM - /c/ /l/ /a/ /m/
CANDY - /c/ /a/ /n/ /d/ /y/
Say these words with the /c/ sound to help you isolate and really hear the /c/ sound.
Learning Activity for /c/
- Prepare a print out for the letter C.
- Spend several minutes teaching the /c/ sound with the following steps.
- Point to C and tell the child it makes the /c/ sound. Demonstrate the /c/ sound several times.
- Ask the child to repeat after you.
- Work with words which use the letter C.
CAT, CAMP, CANDY, CLAP
- Using the above words along with some random words, ask the child "does this word contain the /c/ sound?" If they child is stuck, repeat the word with emphasis on the /c/ sound.
- Review: point to C and ask, "what sound does this make?"
- Remember, don't say /cuh/, but /c/.
/C/ Sound Worksheets
Below are printable worksheets for letter C and the /c/ sound. It also includes writing and coloring activities.
Letter C Rhyme and Song
Clumsy Clock Charlie, cuh cuh cuh. (Say /c/, not /cuh/)
Tic, Tic, Toc,
Tic, Tic, Toc,
Clumsy Clock Charlie says cuh cuh cuh.