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TH Word List

TH Word List

If your child is having trouble saying the sound TH, you have come to the right place! My TH word list page will help!

If you are a speech therapist and you need some TH speech therapy materials, hopefully our TH word list can help you! 

Below you will find lots of free materials!

  • First, there is a FREE worksheet (for non-members) and link (for members) to access new articulation materials.
  • Second, there is a word list for  quick viewing .
  • Next, you can sign up for a FREE newsletter and receive  A LL THE WORD LISTS in one Folder in your Google Drive.
  • After that, check out a brief explanation on how to say the target sound.
  • Last, there are ideas for  articulation practice  that do not require flashcards or word lists. This is the most functional option and appropriate for children working on generalization.

Enjoy the FREE materials!!!

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  • Members, click here to access more TH worksheets for drill practice, generalization, and language based artic practice: TH Worksheet Section
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TH Voiceless Word List

Th voiced word list, google drive th word list & more.

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Also, I can access my word lists WITHOUT the internet. 

To grab a copy, fill out the form above. I put all the word lists in one folder.  Once you receive your email with the materials, make a copy of the files and they are yours to use and tweak as needed.

  • If you need help saving the word lists to your Google Drive, click here:  Save Google Document
  • If you LOVE Google Drive as much as I do, check out our  Speech Therapy Documentation Page. 

Complete TH Articulation Packet

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This is MY FAVORITE NEW RESOURCE! I HONESTLY use it all the time for each articulation session and handouts for home practice. Check it out if you need more in-depth materials.

For only $5, you will receive 35 pages of materials including:

  • Flashcards that can be used as Cariboo Cards too, yeah!
  • Flashcard free games that can be used as home practice
  • Dot sheets, smash-mats, and/or coloring pages
  • Articulation warm-up sheets which can be used as a goal review sheet
  • Flashcards which contain word, phrase, and sentence level practice
  • Cut/paste sentence level worksheets
  • Self-assessment sheets
  • Parent handouts

Check it out here

How To Say TH

TH is produced by sticking your tongue out slightly between your teeth and blowing air

  • Voiced "th" - voice box is turned on
  • Voiceless "th" - voice box is turned off

Articulation Games for TH

The "TH" sound is a later developing sound, usually mastered by 6 years of age. Voiced and voiceless "TH" words are mixed below. 

Take turns with your child saying the desired words. It is important to practice hearing as well as saying  the words.

  • Thank You - Say "thank you" throughout the day with a  good "th" sound
  • Mother - Say "mother" instead of mom while driving in a car
  • Bathtub - Say "bathtub" as you fill it with water
  • Toothpaste - Say "toothpaste" 5 times before brusing teeth
  • Mouth - Say "mouth" as you make silly faces
  • Bathe - Say "bathe" as you wash your pet
  • Feather - Say "feather" as you make feathers
  • The - Say "the" correctly while reading a page out of a book
  • Thirty - Say "thirty" as you count from 20-40
  • Something - Say "something" during a guessing game...I have "something" behind my back

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If you are in need of some “th” words for your therapy right now, you’ve come to the right place! Just scroll down for my TH word lists!

But if you’re looking for something a little more comprehensive to make therapy planning consistently simple, read on for my favorite therapy materials that will get your kids mastering their “th” sounds in no time!

Fixing “th” errors at the sound level

What kinds of errors are we looking at with a “th” sound?

TH can be produced both voiceless (as in “three”) and voiced (as in “the”).

The most common error we see with the “th” sound is substituting a /d/ for the voiced “th” and/or an /f/ for the voiceless “th,” especially at the end of words. These sounds are acoustically pretty similar (and when we were all wearing masks, it was virtually impossible to tell if someone was making an /f/ or a “th”!) In some British dialects, substituting an /f/ for a “th” is totally normal and not even considered a speech impairment. And, some languages don’t even have a “th” sound, especially not in the final position. When we have a non-native English speaker, it’s important to determine if that person is merely speaking English influenced by their native language. This isn’t an impairment or a disability.

Sometimes “th” sounds are substituted. When they are substituted for a quick sound, like a /t/ or /d/, that’s a phonological process called stopping . Most kids do it when they are learning to talk, but there is a certain point at which that should go away. If you have a student with a lot of phonological processes, you probably want to read into the cycles approach for speech therapy.

High Frequency Words

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When working on the “th” sound, I like to use high frequency words for articulation practice. When you pick high frequency words, your students are hearing and practicing their sound all day long, every time they hear their target words. And they’re going to be hearing those target words a lot!

That’s why I created my No Prep Articulation Activities Using High Frequency Words for TH product. You’ll find all the easy, no-prep worksheets and words you need to target words with “th” at the syllable, word, phrase, sentence, and conversation level. It’s a no-nonsense packet that will get your kids in and out the door (and in and out of therapy when they master their skills quickly and efficiently!)

Make it into a game!

There are a ton of different ways you can quickly turn any targeted practice into an engaging articulation game!

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My TH Articulation Playing Cards – Outline, Color Printable Deck for Speech Therapy are perfect for any regular card game, but now played with “th” targeted words!

For something even more open-ended, I like to use my Mini Articulation Cards for Speech Therapy for easy targets that I can use in just about any activity, even crafts! If you like more traditional articulation targets with pictures, these are for you!

For my bigger groups, I like to set up Speech Therapy Centers for Articulation . Everybody has a fun task that encourages them to practice their sound and I get some solid focus time with each student one on one to monitor progress and give feedback.

When it’s time to move on to generalization tasks, I’m ready to go! Articulation Menus for Speech Therapy are great for conversation and carryover, with menus created for every speech sound, including “th”. Your students will get tons of practice while playing restaurant. And Articulation News – Carryover Activities Printables for Speech Therapy is a fun way to talk about stories with target sounds. Students love to pretend to be newscasters and tell you about what they read, all while practicing their sound!

Simple TH Words to Get Your Started

But for those days when you just need some quick words and you need them now, I’ve put together a few basic “th” word lists for you!

Voiceless “th” Words

Voiced “th” words.

I hope that’s helpful! Good luck!

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Shannon is a pediatric SLP and the creator behind Speechy Musings. As an SLP, she is most passionate about language, literacy, and AAC. Outside of being an SLP, she loves hiking, camping, dogs, and travel.

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A Comprehensive List of /th/ Words: Helping Your Child Master Tricky Sounds

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If you’ve ever had a conversation with a young child, you’ll know that they often struggle when producing the /th/ sounds. Words like ‘father’ and ‘mother’ often are mispronounced as ‘fa-der’ and ‘mo-der’ and words like ‘think’ end up as ‘fink’. 

This is because these sounds are some of the trickiest that a child can learn. It takes time to learn to control their vocal cords, airflow, mouth and lips to create clear, understandable speech. 

Additionally, there are actually two different versions of the /th/ sound: the voiced /th/ sound (ð) and the voiceless /th/ sound (θ). As the name suggests, we use our vocal cords to produce the first yet don’t need them for the second. 

In this article, we’ll be explaining how your child can properly pronounce these /th/ sounds, share a comprehensive list of /th/ words and then help you put them into practice with phrases, sentences, games, activities and the patented Forbrain headset . 

Word Lists: /th/ sounds 

Before you start practicing your pronunciation of these tricky sounds, it’s useful to understand what the differences are between the two. To help you, we’ve created a comprehensive list of the most common voiced and voiceless /th/ sounds, dividing them into words that feature this sound at the beginning, middle and end of the word. 

Read through this list of /th/ sounds aloud with your child to better identify the differences and how you produce these sounds. Don’t worry if you feel confused as you go- simply go back through and practice until perfect! 

Word list: voiced /th/ sound (ð)

The voiced /th/ sound is the one that you’ll hear at the beginning of words like ‘the’, ‘them’ and ‘they’. As the name suggests, we use our vocal cords when we articulate the sound.

Word List: Voiceless /th/ sounds (θ)

When you pronounce the words ‘think’, ‘thick’ and ‘thumb’, you’re using the voiceless /th/ sound. It’s articulated in the same way as the voiced /th/ sound but we do not use our vocal cords.

Further /th/ Sound Practice Using Short Phrases and Sentences

Now you’ve practiced the /th/ sounds with your child and learned what the difference is between the two, we can move onto the next step- using these words in short phrases and sentences. 

By doing so, your child will start to expand their skills and master how to transition from these tricky sounds to others, improving their fluency and helping them to use real-life language in context. 

At the same time, you’ll be boosting your child’s confidence, helping them to overcome other speech and language development problems and helping them communicate effectively. 

For best results, our team at Forbrain recommends that you follow this short /th/ sound program: 

  • Start practicing single words that contain the voiced /th/ sound (ð) 
  • Use these single voiced /th/ words with carrier phrases
  • Use short phrases and sentences for the voiced /th/ sound
  • Practice with game and activities
  • Repeat the process with the voiceless /th/ sounds (θ)

Carrier Phrases

Once you’ve practiced the /th/ sound in single words, your child can start using them with short phrases. In the beginning, you should focus on ‘carrier phrases’. 

These are short, easy-to-use, child-friendly phases that you can add your /th/ words to and make simple sentences. 

These include:

  • “I found a…”
  • “I want a…”
  • “He found a…”
  • “She found a…”
  • “I have a…”
  • “He has a…”
  • “She has a…”
  • “I like to…”
  • “He likes to…”

Simply slot a /th/ word into the space provided and create your sentence. For example:

  • “She found a toothbrush”
  • “I like math”
  • “I see a bathtub”

Remember to practice with both voiced and voiceless /th/ sounds to improve fluency and boost your child’s confidence pronouncing these tricky sounds.

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Short Phrases and Sentences for the /th/ Sound

Here are some useful short phrases and sentences for both the voiced and voiceless /th/ sounds. Just as before, we’ve divided them according to where this sound appears in the word and started with the voiced /th/ sound before moving onto the voiceless /th/ sound.

Short Phrases for voiced /th/ Sound

Short sentences for voiced /th/ sound, short phrases for voiceless /th/ sound, short sentences for voiceless /th/ sound, games & activities with /th/ sounds.

The most effective way to help your child learn new things is to make it fun with tailored games and activities that help them practice the voiced and voiceless /th/ sound! 

This helps them learn faster, stimulate their minds, grow in confidence and feel eager to practice with you. 

Enjoy the following interactive games and activities alongside the Forbrain headset and you’ll soon notice a difference. 

Make it Personal to your Child

Start by looking back over the lists of /th/ words and choose the ones that your child is most familiar with or relevant to their lives then make sure you prioritize these. By making them relevant, they’re more likely to master these tricky sounds faster. 

Play ‘The Echo Game’

Look through the following lists of words and practice them, being as silly as you like. You should say the word first then encourage your child to copy you, using the correct pronunciation:

  • Thank You – Say “thank you” throughout the day, using a good “th” sound.
  • Something – Play a guessing game, hiding something behind your back and saying “I have something behind my back” then encourage them to guess. Allow your child to do the same.
  • Mouth/teeth – Make silly faces and say “mouth” as you brush your child’s teeth.

Blow Bubbles

Grab a drink and a straw then encourage your child to blow bubbles. This will help them improve their tongue positioning and how much air they need to produce the /th/ sounds. Once they can do this, encourage them to say /th/ sound words like “clothes”, “mother” and “think” as they blow these bubbles. 

Pop the Balloon

Another great way to practice the correct tongue position and airflow is to get them to hold a balloon in their mouth and encourage them to pop it by exhaling air through their teeth with their tongue in between. Once they can do this, encourage them to practice sounds like “thorn”, “thumb” and “thick” as they do it. 

Use Tongue Twisters

Tongue twisters can be a lot of fun and can also help your child master these sounds. Why not try the following: 

  • “Thirsty throats find things to drink”.
  • “The first thing that they think of is this”
  • “The thirsty crocodile drank some water” 

Use /th/ Words in your Everyday Life

Practice makes perfect! Therefore make sure you’re using as many /th/ words as possible when you’re interacting with your child and encourage them to repeat them.  

Reading is key to a child’s language development and hopefully, you’re reading to your child on a daily basis. Whenever you’re looking for a new book, search for something that uses several /th/ words throughout. If your child has learned to read, encourage them to read out loud for extra /th/ sound practice. 

Our favorites include: 

  • Oh the Thinks You Can Think by Dr. Seuss
  • Would You Rather by John Burningham
  • Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey 
  • Three Little Pigs by Patricia Seibert 

How to Pronounce the Voiced and Voiceless /th/ Sounds

If you can improve your own pronunciation of the /th/ sounds, it will be easier to help your child master them too! That’s why we’ve created this section to explain how these sounds are made. 

When we make any kind of speech sounds, we’re using several parts of our bodies. We send air from our lungs, pass it over our vocal cords and then shape them using our tongue, lips and nose, depending on which sound we want to produce. 

In the case of voiced /th/ sounds, we use our vocal cords whereas for the voiceless /th/ sound, we don’t. 

Here are exercises for each:

Pronouncing the Voiced /th/ Sound (ð)

Place your hand onto your neck where your voice box lies then say the word ‘this’. Do you notice how you feel a vibration just under your hand as you pronounce it? This is what we call a voiced sound. 

You can repeat this exercise using some more common voiced /th/ sounds including ‘mother’, ‘brother’, ‘breathe’ or any of the other words from the word list above, noticing how your tongue and lips are positioned. Did you notice anything?

Pronouncing the Voiceless /th/ Sound (θ)

Repeat the above exercise to explore how you pronounce the voiceless /th/ sound. With your hand on your neck, see if you can feel a vibration. If not, you’ve got this sound exactly right- we don’t use our vocal cords when pronouncing this sound. 

Then repeat with other common voiceless /th/ sounds including “thorn”, “thirsty”, “healthy”, or another sound from the word list we shared earlier. You’ll hopefully notice that, although your vocal cords don’t vibrate when you produce this sound, the position of your tongue and lips are exactly the same. 

In other words, the only difference between the voiced /th/ sound and the voiceless /th/ is simply whether or not your vocal cords vibrate. Easy! 

When you worked through this exercise, you might have noticed how complex speech sound production is, why certain sounds are trickier than others, and why effective articulation requires excellent control over the tongue, lips and airflow. Despite this fact, most children can master both /th/ sounds by the age of around 7. 

If not, try not to panic! Take your time to work through the wordlists, phrases, sentences and games and use the Forbrain headset. You’ll soon see a noticeable improvement! 

How to Produce the /th/ Sounds Correctly

Here’s a quick guide on how to pronounce the /th/ sounds effectively. 

  • Place your tongue between your front teeth. 
  • A) For the voiced /th/ sound, allow your vocal cords to vibrate as you push air from your lungs. B) For the voiceless /th/ sound, push air from your lungs but do not allow your vocal cords to vibrate 
  • Try pronouncing the voiced /th/ word ‘this’, and then the voiceless /th/ sound ‘thirsty’. 

Need extra help? Watch this video from The Speech Scoop to learn how to pronounce the voiced and voiceless /th/ sounds. 

Using Forbrain to Upgrade Sound Practice

Want to help your child master the tricky /th/ sounds in just 10-20 minutes per day?  Use the Forbrain patented audio stimulation headset alongside the wordlists we’ve shared here. 

Powered by an enhanced auditory feedback loop via bone conduction, it helps your child hear those challenging sounds like the voiced and voiceless /th/sounds more clearly. 

When they repeat the sound, they receive instant feedback that boosts motivation, confidence, memory, communication skills, better language learning and even helps expand their vocabulary. 

You’ll see your child’s pronunciation of the /th/ sounds improve in as little as 6-8 weeks and overcome their speech problems. That’s why it’s used by professional speech therapists, specialists, educators and parents alike. 

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Final Words

When your child is learning to speak, pronouncing the /th/ sounds can be the trickiest. 

However, by using the comprehensive list of /th/ words, phrases and sentences, playing games and using the scientifically-proven Forbrain headset , you’ll help them improve their articulation, boost their confidence and have fun too!

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Calling all Speech-Language Pathologists and parents looking for final th word lists to practice with your child or student. This blog is just what you need! It has over 75 th final words for speech therapy that will help strengthen your child or student’s /th/ target sound. 

Sound Production

There are two different sounds in the English language that the th sound makes. 

  • Voiced TH – Voice is turned on by vibrating your vocal cords.
  • Voiceless TH – Voice is turned off by NOT vibrating your vocal cords.

Both ways are made with the same placement, however, one is voiced (by vibrating your vocal cords) and the other is voiceless (by not vibrating your vocal cords):

  • Tongue Placement: Lightly place the tip of your tongue between your teeth.
  • Air: Then blow air through the mouth. This will naturally make the voiceless th sound. 
  • Voice: The th sound can also be a voiced sound so your voice box or vocal cords should vibrate. You can tell that their voice is turned on by touching your voice box on your neck and feeling it vibrate.

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Age Range – School Years

According to the Goldman Fristoe Test of Articulation 2 from 2000, most children have mastered the Final TH sound by the time they are seven years old. (This is a standardized sample from the GFTA-2 with 85% of children able to correctly produce that consonant by that age.)

If you are concerned about your child’s ability to produce this sound, it is best to consult a speech therapist about receiving speech services.

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Phonological Processes

A phonological disorder is when a child’s speech makes multiple similar sound errors. 

Be sure to consult with a certified Speech Pathologist if your child is experiencing a phonological speech disorder.

Final Consonant Deletion

For example, final consonant deletion, a type of phonological process, is when a child or student omits final consonants from words.

For example, the word “teeth” would become “tea” and the word “tooth” would become “two”. 

Target Words – TH Final Words Speech Therapy

Here’s a list of final th articulation sounds for you to use in therapy or at home practice to work on your student or child’s new skill.

  • For Example: broth, path, wreath, bath, north, tooth, moth, math, south, cloth, oath, sloth.

See full list of words, phrases, and sentences below.

Be sure to grab my one page freebie of final th sounds below. Simply scroll to the bottom of this post and grab your free copy!

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Word Positions: TH Final Words Speech Therapy 

Initial position of words.

The initial position of words is when the th sound is at the beginning of a word. For example, “thick” or “that”.

Medial Position of Words

Some words have the th sound in the medial position of a word, such as “birthday”, “wealthy”, and “feather”.

Final Positions of Words

The final position of words are when the target sound is at the end of a word. For example, “earth” or “teeth”.

Final Words at Word Level

Some ways I like to do articulation practice include having your child or student say each final /th/ word one by one as they go through a list. 

Using a dot marker can also be a fun way to practice having your child put a dot under each final th sound. 

In addition, I’ve compiled an easy-to-download one page overview of final th sounds below. Simply scroll down to the bottom of this post and download your free copy.

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  • 1 Syllable: bathe, teethe, smooth, loathe, soothe, breathe, clothe
  • 2 Syllable: sunbathe

Final TH Voiced

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Voiceless TH

  • 1 Syllable: month, mouth, with, faith, earth, breath, south, math, birth, strength, truth, smith, bath, health, path, north, worth, youth, wealth, Beth, teeth, tooth, warmth, ruth, fourth, twelfth, moth, sloth, smooth, ninth, oath, wreath, Seth, sixth, both, depth, berth, fifth, Roth, health, cloth, broth, goth, forth, booth, filth, tenth, myth, length
  • 2 Syllable: seventh, Judith, Plymouth, blacksmith, beneath, mammoth, birdbath, locksmith, Dartmouth, labyrinth, wordsmith, thirteenth, goldsmith
  • 3 Syllables: twelfth, Meredith, bismuth, aftermath, tablecloth
  • 4 Syllables: Elizabeth, sociopath

Final TH Voiceless

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Voiced TH Final Words Speech Therapy

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Voiceless TH Final Words for Speech Therapy

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Short sentences or phrases.

When working on final th sound production, it’s important to work on short phrases once your child or student has mastered the sound at the word level at or near 80% or higher accuracy.

Here is a list of final th word phrases to try:

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 Voiced TH Final Words Speech Therapy in Phrases

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Voiceless TH Final Words Speech Therapy in Phrases

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Sentence Level: TH Final Words Speech Therapy

The next step after working at the word and phrase levels is to work on the final th sound at the sentence level.

For example, you could give your child or student a list of sentences to read aloud while they work on their final th sound. 

Another idea would be to give your child or student pictures with their final th sound in them and then have them create a sentence about those pictures.

Below is a list of sentences to use with your child or students.

 Voiced TH Final Words Speech Therapy in Sentences

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Voiceless th final words for speech therapy in sentences.

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TH Final Words Speech Therapy Ideas

Parent guide.

Are you looking for your students to make faster progress? Try sharing some information on producing the final th sound home to families. 

Here are a few helpful parent guides:

  • Initial, Medial, & Final “th” Articulation PowerPoint Activity by Mountain Bay Speech Therapy is a great, easy to use articulation powerpoint that parents or caregivers can download to practice at home!
  • Articulation Interventions & Data Collection for RTI & Speech Therapy – TH Sound by SLP in GA is a document that simplifies the RTI process for speech therapy for caregivers. It is a great resource that simplifies and gives great, specific instructions on how to produce the TH sound so that it can be practiced at home!
  • FREE Speech Sound Cues for Teachers, Parents, and SLPs by Kayla SLP is a fantastic resource to keep download and share with parents to keep everyone on the same page with cues and correct productions. It also includes links to youtube videos to explain the correct cues!

Short Stories

The next step after working on the sentence level is to work on the final th sound at the reading level. 

Here are a few final th short stories: 

  • Theo Brushes His Teeth — a short story for articulation practice by Clarity Speech and Language is a cute and interactive short story for your students to practice final /th/.
  • Final /th/ Passage by Samantha Wesley is a great short story that focuses on /th/ in the final position.

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Simple Game

If you’re looking for simple games that focus on the final th sound here are a few worth checking out!

  • ‘th’ final Bingo by Just Peachy Speech is a colorful and interactive bingo game for your students to practice multiple repetitions of final ‘th’
  • /th/ sound iSpy by Speech it Out is a favorite of many students! This is an interactive ispy game to practice final th.
  • Roll a sentence /TH/ final position articulation FREEBIE by Lauren Chahalis is a fun game to use in small groups, or as individual work. Students roll dice and build a funny sentence using final th!

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No prep worksheets.

No prep worksheets are always a great idea to help you get started.

  • TH Articulation Drills FREEBIE All Positions: Initial, Medial, Final by Snuggle Bug Speech is a great set of worksheets that target th in all positions. These worksheets are clear, simple and ready to go!
  • Free Sample S’more Speech No Prep Worksheets -TH by Keeping Speech Simple these worksheets have pictures to support non readers in practicing th in all positions.
  • TH Final Words – Articulation Therapy FREEBIE (Print & Go) by slpsmart – Eli Lowham use this worksheets to target 100 productions of final th!

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  Home Practice

Here are a few activities that are a perfect way to practice a child’s final th sound at home.

  • Articulation Activity Boards: SH, CH, and TH FREE! By The BeachyTherapist is a great set of engaging articulation boards including practice for final th! These are print and and go ready and have great reviews!
  • Articulation Text Messages Voiceless ‘TH’ Free by SLP Tree is a great worksheet to print out and send home to have students practice th in all positions.
  • Planting TH Seeds Wordsearch Packet by SLP701 is a simple and interactive word search for students to take home and practice final th.

Boom cards are a fun way to strengthen your child or student’s articulation skills.

Here are a few favorite boom cards to work on the final TH sounds: 

  • Cookie Batch Match Articulation Practice /th/ Boom Card Freebie Distance Learn by PomKat Speech is an interactive boom card set to help students practice final th! 
  • TH Articulation Matching Game BOOM CARDS Distance Learning by Pep Talk is a highly rated boom card deck that is interactive and fun! It incorporates a memory match game to target th in all positions.
  • Free Minimal Pairs TH vs. F Boom Cards | Articulation | Speech by Goldietalks Speech 

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Speech Therapy and Activities for the TH Sound

As your toddler begins forming sounds into words and phrases over time, you may experience enormous moments of joy for the human they are quickly growing up to be! Don’t let this happy time screech to a halt if your child is having a little difficulty with clearly saying the /th/ sound. 

This sound is a particularly tricky one, but a very commonly used speech sound. Maybe it’s small words like “the”, “there”, or “they”, but these short sounds still pack a punch and take a special, new skill for the vocal cords to develop and perform properly.

In speech language pathology, this form of your child’s development is studied as speech sound acquisition, which varies among all children. If you’re worried or concerned about how your child is pronouncing the /th/ sound, we have many suggestions for you.

Why is the /th/ sound so hard, should I be concerned?

If your child has experienced frequent ear infections, these have been a documented trigger of hindering language and sound development.

If your child has difficulty, you may find yourself concerned and wondering, “what is it called when you can’t pronounce /th/ sound?”. This comes down to clearly articulating new sounds into clear language.

“Articulation” refers to how you position your lips and tongue against your teeth to make clear sounds and pressing your tongue against the roof of your mouth in order to clearly speak words. Difficulty in pronouncing the /th/ sound would be formally categorized as an “articulation disorder”. 

If your child isn’t able to clearly say /th/ words, this may be just a temporary problem, or reason to be concerned about a more significant condition.

Don’t worry — this condition isn’t necessarily cause for alarm, but ensuring your child has a plan in place to work through challenges in articulation will be practical, helpful, and provide peace of mind.

What age does the /th/ sound develop for kids?

The /th/ sound is among the most difficult speech sounds for children to master, ranking at the top alongside /j/, /ch/, /r/, and /zh/. Along these lines, another sound we commonly hear from clients whose child has difficulty with, you’ll find a variety of activities and information on how to help your child with the /r/ sound.

It is not uncommon for children to begin grasping the /th/ sound around age four, but still face challenges with overcoming or stumbling on certain words for several years.

If your child still has difficulty with clearly articulating words with the /th/ sound at seven or eight years old, we encourage you to try the exercises below at home. 

We also recommended you schedule your introductory call today  in order to evaluate your child’s needs and prevent any serious speech issues in the future.

Are there different /th/ sounds?

It’s important to recognize the different words that your child may have difficulty when articulating different /th/ sounds.

Some fall into the category of “voiceless” or “unvoiced” /th/ sounds, in words like thing, thank, or thumb.

This is a harder sound created by placing the tongue between or behind the teeth. When air passes through the mouth and teeth, the sound is made.

Other words with /th/ sound that requires a louder “voiced” /t/h sound include words such as this, that, there that is more pronounced. A softer sound, this one is made possible when the vocal cords work to project the sound.

The biggest difference between these sounds is whether or not the vocal cords are used in creating the sound.

How do I teach /th/ sound therapy speech for my child?

Practicing sounds with your child is a great way for them to learn the /th/ sound. It’s important to be encouraging, patient, and understanding. 

Because there are two different /th/ sounds, you’ll want to demonstrate using a variety of words, including they, them, there, this, though, thank, and theater .

Give the exercises below a try, and with a little commitment, you may have some success!

Activities to Encourage the /th/ Sound

As a parent who just wants their child to learn to “speak normally”, you likely catch yourself wondering “how do I get my child to say the /th/ sound?”.

It’s important to make practicing speech sounds fun and engaging for your child. You can help your child at home to improve speech, pronunciation, refine articulation, and make strides to a more confident child. We recommend starting with the following activities to teach and encourage the /th/ sound:

  • Maybe your child enjoys blowing bubbles. Have them stand in front of the mirror and practice blowing bubbles, but before bringing over the bubble bottle, ask them to stick their tongue out between their teeth and blow air. They’ll be in the mindset to start blowing bubbles, and after giving the activity a few tries at making the /th/ sound, you can reward them with a fun game!
  • Try having your child say “zzzzz” first, and direct them to move their tongue gradually forward to the front of their teeth. This will help stimulate the voiced /th/ sound!
  • If your child opts for /f/ or /v/ sounds instead of /th/, ask them to try and use their tongue and teeth to make the sound, without their teeth and lip touching.
  • While you’re out and about, driving around or walking in the neighborhood, you can ask your child “What is that thing over there?”, and ask them to reply using this form language: “I think that thing is ________”. This reply full of /th/ sounds may be a challenge, but over time, as your child practices they’ll enjoy how it may help them.

Each of these activities is very effective when performed in front of a mirror. You can demonstrate these exercises for your child, and they’ll watch their progress over time.

Coaching your child to great speech can be a positive, rewarding experience with strong commitment and attention to detail, but you may not be confident that you’re performing these exercises correctly on your own.

How can speech therapy and activities for the /th/ sound help my child with their language skills?

Every child is different, learns at a different pace, and may have unique challenges with pronouncing and articulating certain words. As experts in speech language pathology, our specialists are trained to work with your child to make measurable improvements and surpass speech goals together.

An individual consultation will determine if articulating the /th/ sound can be improved with specialized attention, guidance, activities, and expertise.

Get started today and schedule your free introductory phone call . We look forward to sharing with you about how our services can benefit you and your child’s development.

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Tips For Teaching the “th” Sound

Tips for Teaching the “th” Sound

Often, we are asked for suggestions on how to teach the sound of “th.” While Speech Buddies offers tools to help overcome many speech difficulties and articulation disorders, we do not have a tool for the sound of “th.”  This is what we offer parents who are looking for help teaching their children to correctly pronounce the “th” sound.

Articulation is a word that refers to the way you position your lips and tongue against your teeth and the roof of your mouth to make various sounds that flow together as words. An articulation disorder is defined as a speech disorder involving difficulties in articulating specific types of sounds. Articulation disorders often involve substitution of one sound for another, slurring of speech or unclear speech. While most children make mistakes as they learn new words, it is classified as a “disorder” when the mistakes continue past a certain age (see below). The most common mispronounced sounds are r, l, s, “ch”, “sh”, j, “th” and “zh” as in the word “garage”.

There are roughly 45 speech sounds in the English language.   As children get older, they develop the ability to correctly pronounce more and more speech sounds. Think about a baby who is starting to talk. He will only be able to say simple speech sounds like “ma ma” or “ba ba.” As children  grow and develop, they learn to produce new speech sounds along the way.   An “articulation disorder” indicates that a child is not keeping pace with the speech development timeline as compared to other children the same age. When these challenges persist, they could be classified as an “articulation disorder.”  In some instances, articulation disorders of any type may indicate a delay in muscle coordination needed to make a certain sound. Frequent ear infections have been known to slow normal language and sound development.

Speech Developmental Milestones:

  • /p,b,m,h,w/ and vowels are expected to be mastered by 2.5 to 3 years of age.
  • /d,t,k,g,f,n,ng,y/ are expected to be mastered by 4 years of age.
  • /s,z,l,v,sh/ are expected to be mastered by 6 years of age.
  • /j,ch,th/ are expected to be mastered by 7 years of age.
  • /r,zh/ are expected to be mastered by 8 years of age.

Two Sounds of “th”

The sound of “th” is one that that many children have a hard time producing correctly.   There are actually two distinct sounds for “th.” Both   versions of the “th” sound are produced with the same mouth position but with a slight variation of the vibration of the voice. It is this variation that is hard for some children to replicate and understand.  One of the sounds is “voiced” and the other is “unvoiced.”

  • The soft sound of the “th” is also called “voiced.” For words like “this,” “there,” and “although” the vocal cords to amplify the sound, and make the “th” sound heard.
  • The hard sound of the “th” is also called “unvoiced.” It is made by putting the tongue between or just behind the teeth. The tongue presses and then moves away.  This “th” sound relies only on the air passing through the mouth and the teeth, resulting in a harder “th” sound for words like “thank,” “theme,” and “therapy.”

This video by A. J. Hoge is a great example of how to perfect the “th” sound in the English language.

For both the voiced and unvoiced “th” sound – the tip of the tongue has to be touching the back of the upper front teeth while pushing air out between the tongue and the bony ridge behind the upper front teeth. It’s okay if the tongue is between the top and bottom teeth a little, but most people find it difficult to push the tongue that far forward, and it isn’t necessary. The difference between the sounds is in using the vocal cords or not using the vocal cords.

Teaching the “th” sound

Tips for Teaching the Sound of “TH”.            Image courtesy of www.firstgradeadventures.blogspot.com

What can you do to help your child start producing the “th” sound correctly?  First you may want to seek an assessment from a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). A speech evaluation will help decide if your child will outgrow the problem or not. A speech therapist screens all areas of a child’s communication abilities and does an in-depth assessment of the particular disorder, in this case the “th” sound. A complete speech therapy evaluation must take into consideration all the possible combinations of the “th” sound. After diagnosis, you should expect a speech therapist to work with you on therapy options. These options may include weekly visits, augmented with homework and practice instructions. Therapy would be conducted over a period of weeks, followed by a break. A follow-up visit would be required to review progress. Another possible treatment is trying speech therapy exercises at home, to help your child practice proper tongue placement for correct pronunciation. Often, the two therapies can be combined.

Speak Method has a very comprehensive website with videos how to pronounce all sounds of “th.”

You can also find words, sentences and practice worksheets for your child at Vita Education, a website dedicated to providing free, educational services and worksheets.

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TH Words: Enhancing Vocabulary With The Most Common Digraph

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The English language is full of complexities, and one of the features that sets it apart is the use of  TH words. We often encounter these two letters together, creating unique sounds that are not universally found in all languages. Embracing a variety of ‘TH’ words enriches our vocabulary and helps us articulate our thoughts more precisely.

‘TH’ Words

TH Words: Enhancing Vocabulary With The Most Common Digraph

The Fundamentals of TH Words

When we talk about ‘TH’ words, we’re referring to a category of words that contain the consonant blend ‘TH.’ This blend can be voiced or unvoiced. Voiced ‘TH’ involves a vocal vibration—think of the sound in the word “this.” Unvoiced ‘TH’ lacks that vocal hum; it’s the sound you hear at the beginning of “think.”

We use ‘TH’ words frequently, and they fulfill various roles in our sentences:

  • Verbs:  such as “think” or “bathe”
  • Nouns:  for instance, “truth” or “path”
  • Adjectives:  like “thick” or “thin”
  • Adverbs:  such as “though” or “thoroughly”

The pronunciation of ‘TH’ can be a common challenge, partly because the tongue must be placed between or just behind the teeth—somewhat unusual compared to other English sounds.

Examples of ‘TH’ words:

  • Voiceless ‘TH’:  thought ,  through ,  thirty
  • Voiced ‘TH’:  that ,  there ,  this

To master these sounds, it’s often helpful to closely watch our mouths in the mirror, ensuring proper tongue placement. Consistent practice with lists of ‘TH’ words can enhance our pronunciation and fluency.

Let’s look at a simple table summarizing the two different ‘TH’ sounds:

Recognizing and practicing these words is crucial for clear communication, as ‘TH’ words are prominent in daily English dialogue and writing.

Phonetics of TH Words

When we talk about the ‘TH’ sound in English, we’re referring to two distinct phonemes: the voiced dental fricative /ð/ and the voiceless dental fricative /θ/. Let’s explore these sounds to get a better grasp of their pronunciation.

Voiceless Dental Fricative /θ/

  • How to pronounce: Place the tip of your tongue between your teeth and blow air out without vibrating your vocal cords.

Voiced Dental Fricative /ð/

  • How to pronounce: This sound is similar to /θ/, but we add vocal cord vibration.

Here’s a handy table to summarize the differences:

We notice some words change their form with the same ‘TH’ spelling, but the sound shifts from voiceless to voiced when switching from a noun to a verb (e.g.,  bath  [noun] /θ/ to  bathe  [verb] /ð/).

Our speech naturally transitions between these sounds, and we can improve our pronunciation with practice. Remember to pay attention to voice vibration and tongue position; these are key to mastering the ‘TH’ sounds.

Common TH Words in English

We often use words with the ‘TH’ sound in daily conversation and writing. These happen to include some of the most frequently used words in the English language.

  • Thank : A simple expression of gratitude, ideal for toddlers beginning to speak.
  • Think : Encourages a child to express their thoughts and strengthens cognitive connections.
  • That : A demonstrative pronoun commonly used in simple phrases.
  • This : Another demonstrative pronoun, helping distinguish between near and far objects

Here is a list of common TH Words:

TH Words in Different Parts of Speech

When we explore the English language, we notice that the ‘th’ sound appears in various parts of speech, enriching our vocabulary with a dynamic range of words. Let’s examine how ‘th’ manifests in nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.

TH Words in Nouns

Nouns with the ‘th’ sound often denote objects or concepts. For example:

  • Thing : A general term for an object or item.
  • Thought : The mental process of thinking or a specific idea.

Nouns like  breadth  and  health  are tangible or abstract concepts defined by the presence of ‘th’.

Here is a list of ‘TH’ Words in Nouns:

TH Words in Verbs

Verbs that contain the ‘th’ sound describe actions. A couple of instances are:

  • Thanks : To express gratitude.
  • Theorize : To speculate or formulate a theory.

These verbs, such as  breathe  and  soothe , often involve an action affecting oneself or others.

Here is a list of ‘TH’ Words in Verbs:

TH Words in Adjectives

Adjectives with ‘th’ modify nouns and give more information about them. Here are examples:

  • Thin : Having a small distance between opposing surfaces.
  • Thorough : Being completed with great attention to detail.

You might use adjectives like  filthy  or  youthful  to describe the quality of something.

Here is a list of ‘TH’ Words in Adjectives:

TH Words in Adverbs

Lastly, adverbs with ‘th’ modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs, such as:

  • Thankfully : Expressing gratitude or relief.
  • Thoroughly : In a thorough manner.

Adverbs like  swiftly  and  eighthly change or qualify the meaning of the words they modify.

Here is a list of ‘TH’ Words in Adverbs:

TH Words in Different Contexts

Th words in literature.

In literature, ‘TH’ words often carry a poetic resonance and can be found in a vast range of texts. Classics such as  Shakespeare’s  works frequently utilize ‘TH’ words for rhythm and emphasis. For instance, the words “thou,” “thee,” and “thine” are archaic forms of “you” and “yours” used to add a historical or formal flavor to dialogue and narration.

TH Words in Everyday Language

Our regular conversations are peppered with ‘TH’ words. Simple, yet essential terms like “the,” “that,” “this,” and “those” serve as the cornerstone of our daily language, helping us specify and clarify our thoughts. Other common examples include “think,” “through,” and “though,” which facilitate nuanced expression of logic and transition in our speech.

TH Words in Modern Slang

In the ever-evolving landscape of modern slang, ‘TH’ words have also made their mark. Phrases like “ thirsty ,” when not used to describe a need for a drink, can denote a strong desire or craving, often used in a humorous or colloquial context. Similarly, “throw shade” is a contemporary colloquialism involving ‘TH’ that implies criticizing or expressing contempt discreetly.

List of TH Words

Here is a list of TH Words for your reference:

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some examples of TH words for early learners?

For early learners, we focus on simple and recognizable words such as “the,” “that,” “this,” and “they.” These words help children grasp the voiced “TH” sound through repetition and context.

Can you list words that contain a medial TH sound?

Certainly! Words with a medial “TH” include “brother,” “mother,” “another,” and “feather.” The “TH” sound in these words occurs between other sounds, offering diverse pronunciation practice.

Which words feature the hard TH sound prominently?

Words such as “there,” “then,” and “this” feature a hard, or voiced, “TH” sound. This sound is produced with vocal cord vibration.

What are the primary words that include the voiceless TH digraph?

The voiceless “TH” digraph is present in words like “think,” “throw,” and “through.” In these words, the “TH” sound is made without vocal cord vibration.

Could you provide a list of words that end with a voiceless TH sound?

Words ending with a voiceless “TH” sound include “bath,” “cloth,” and “truth.” These provide an excellent training ground for mastering the pronunciation of the voiceless “TH.”

What are some effective strategies for teaching the TH sound in speech therapy?

We recommend using visual aids, practicing with tongue placement exercises, and continuous auditory feedback. These strategies can help reinforce the correct production of both the voiced and voiceless “TH” sounds.

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The th sounds can be some of the later sounds that your child produces. Words with th sounds may be replaced in with by p, b, f, or v sounds in younger years. However, words with th sounds such as the, that, and thank you come up quite often in English when children start to construct longer sentences or phrases. This blog will give you examples of th words for kids to use and some activities to support them in making the th sound.

What are words that start with a th?

Children tend to start making the th sound between ages 4-7. Though there will always be some children that get the hang of the th sound earlier or later than that. Below are some useful examples of th words to practice with your child:

Which word has a th sound in the middle and end?

Your child might be able to make words with th sound at one part of a word but might find it harder in a different part. The part of a word that the th sound could appear in is the start, middle, or end . Below are some common th words that have th in the middle and end.

What is a common word with th?

When children start to learn how to put together longer sentences, there are plenty of useful th phonics words that they can use to add some structure. Here are some common th words that can help your child develop their language.

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What is a voiced sound?

When we make sounds, we can either make our vocal cords vibrate during the sound (a voiced sound) or have our vocal cords open and still (a voiceless sound). A useful way to tell if a single sound is voiced is to put two fingers on your voice box, which is on your throat just below your chin. If you’re making a voiced sound, you’ll feel your voice box vibrating. Examples of voiced sounds are b, d, g, z, l, and n, and examples of voiceless sounds are ch, t, k, p, and s.

What is an example of a voiced th?

There are two types of th sounds, a voiced th sound or a voiceless th sound. Children may have difficulty making one type of th sound but be confident making the other type of th sound. Here are some examples of words with voiced and voiceless th sounds.

Th words that are voiced:

Th words that are voiceless:

At-home activities to improve the th sound?

Trying to make a new or unfamiliar sound can be hard if your child doesn’t hear the difference between the sound they’re making and the th sound. Have activities to help them understand the different sounds, start to produce them accurately, and have fun doing it!

Here are 5 th-word activities for children:

  • If your child is replacing the th sound with a different sound: have pictures or objects of pairs of words that only have one different sound in them. The th sound and the sound they’re replacing it with. Examples are third and bird, thigh and pie, or math and mad.
  • Make a game or activity: around creating a family tree with the family members’ birthdays in it. If mothers, fathers, and/or brothers are part of your family, try and use these words more in the activity and have your child use them. Be sure to count thirty or thirty-one days in a month and talk a lot about everyone’s birthdays!
  • Use the head, shoulders knees, and toes song: to make a song about your teeth, mouth, thumb, and throat. Your kid might find it silly, but that’s all part of the fun!
  • During sports or physical activities that they enjoy doing: try and integrate numbers into play and use th phonics words to describe the activity. Such as this, them, that, or another. Use number positions such as third, fourth, and fifth during the activity.
  • High five game: when you hear your child replace th word for another sound. Ask your child, “Did you say, thigh or pie”. Showing your hands, left for thigh and right for pie. Ask your child to high-five the correct hand for the correct sound.

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Teaching TH Words for Kids: Strategies, Games, and Activities

TH Words for Kids

Hey there, parents and educators! Are you looking for a fun and effective way to help your little ones master the “th” sound? Well, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, I’ll be sharing some fantastic “th” words for kids that will make learning a breeze. Whether you’re a teacher looking for engaging classroom activities or a parent wanting to support your child’s language development at home, these words will be a game-changer. So, let’s dive in and explore the wonderful world of “th” words together!

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What Are TH Words?

Teaching TH Words for Kids

Definition of TH Words

TH words are words that contain the “th” sound. The “th” sound is a unique and important sound in the English language. It is formed by placing the tip of the tongue against the front of the top teeth while gently blowing air between the tongue and the teeth. This sound can be challenging for young children to master, but with practice and exposure to TH words, they can become more confident and fluent in their speech.

Examples of TH Words

Here are some examples of TH words that children can practice and incorporate into their vocabulary:

  • Thumb : The part of your hand opposite the fingers, with a joint between the first and second phalanges of each digit
  • Thirsty : Feeling a need to drink something
  • Thank : To express gratitude or appreciation
  • Think : To have a particular opinion, belief, or idea about something
  • Three : The number that comes after two and before four
  • Through : Moving in one side and out of the other side of something
  • Thunder : The sound that follows a flash of lightning during a storm

By using these examples of TH words, parents and educators can engage children in activities and conversations that help them recognize, pronounce, and understand the “th” sound.

Remember, the key to mastering any sound is practice. Try incorporating these TH words into everyday conversations, reading stories that contain TH words, and playing games that involve identifying and using TH words. This will not only make learning fun and enjoyable but also help children develop a strong phonetic foundation.

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Importance of Teaching TH Words to Kids

Development of speech and pronunciation skills

Teaching TH words to kids is crucial for the development of their speech and pronunciation skills. The “th” sound is unique to the English language, and mastering it can be challenging for young children. By exposing kids to TH words early on, we can help them become more confident in pronouncing this sound correctly.

Expansion of vocabulary

Learning TH words can greatly contribute to the expansion of kids’ vocabulary. TH words are commonly used in everyday conversations, books, and literature. By familiarizing children with these words, we are broadening their vocabulary and giving them the tools to express themselves more effectively.

Improvement in reading and writing abilities

Introducing TH words to kids can have a positive impact on their reading and writing abilities. These words often appear in written texts, and being able to recognize and understand them is essential for fluent reading. By including TH words in educational activities and lessons, we can help children develop strong phonetic awareness, which in turn improves their overall reading and writing skills.

By prioritizing the teaching of TH words, we are setting children up for success in their language development. Whether it is through engaging in fun activities, incorporating TH words into everyday conversations, or reading stories, parents and educators have numerous opportunities to assist kids in mastering the “th” sound.

Strategies for Teaching TH Words to Kids

Strategies for Teaching TH Words to Kids

Phonics activities

Teaching TH words through phonics activities is an effective way to help kids learn and pronounce these sounds correctly. Here are some strategies that I find particularly helpful:

  • Phonics cards : Create flashcards with pictures of words that contain the “th” sound. Encourage kids to say the word while focusing on the correct pronunciation of the “th” sound.
  • Phonics songs : Utilize catchy songs or rhymes that include TH words. This will not only engage kids but also make learning fun and memorable.
  • Phonics worksheets : Provide kids with worksheets that have various exercises, such as filling in the missing “th” sound in words or sorting words into categories based on their “th” sound.

Word games and puzzles

Incorporating word games and puzzles into your teaching can be a creative and interactive way to reinforce TH words. Here are a few games and puzzles that I recommend:

  • Word scavenger hunt : Hide word cards with TH words around the room and challenge kids to find them. As they find each word, encourage them to read it aloud and practice the correct pronunciation of the “th” sound.
  • Word building : Give kids letter tiles and challenge them to create as many TH words as possible. This activity helps them understand how different letters come together to form words with the “th” sound.
  • Crossword puzzles : Create crossword puzzles with TH words as clues. As kids solve the puzzle, they not only reinforce their understanding of TH words but also enhance their spelling skills.

Reading books with TH words

Reading books that contain TH words is another valuable strategy for teaching kids. Here’s how you can incorporate this into your teaching:

  • Choose books with TH words : Select books that prominently feature TH words to expose kids to these sounds in a meaningful context. Make sure the books are appropriate for their reading level.
  • Read aloud and discuss : While reading, emphasize the TH words and discuss their meanings. Encourage kids to repeat the words after you and practice pronouncing the “th” sound correctly.
  • Word hunt : Challenge kids to find TH words as they read. This activity enhances their reading comprehension and helps them develop an awareness of the “th” sound in written text.

By incorporating these strategies into your teaching, you can help kids develop a strong foundation in TH words, enabling them to improve their speech and pronunciation skills.

Fun Activities to Practice TH Words

Tongue twisters.

When it comes to practicing TH words, tongue twisters can be a fun and effective way to improve speech and pronunciation skills. Here are a few tongue twisters that specifically focus on TH words:

  • “Three free throws”
  • “Thin sticks think thoughts.”
  • “Thirty thick thistles.”

Tongue twisters not only help children become more familiar with TH words, but they also challenge their tongue and mouth muscles to produce the sounds correctly. Encourage your child to repeat these tongue twisters multiple times to enhance their pronunciation skills.

Singing Songs and Rhymes

Another engaging way to practice TH words is through songs and rhymes. Music has a way of making learning enjoyable and memorable. Incorporate songs that contain TH words into your child’s daily routine. Here are a few examples:

  • “This Old Man”
  • “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”
  • “Thumbelina”

Encourage your child to sing along and emphasize the TH sound in the words. You can also create your own songs or rhymes using TH words to make it even more fun and personalized.

Storytelling with TH Words

Storytelling is a fantastic method to enhance language skills and vocabulary. Choose books that prominently feature TH words and read them aloud to your child. As you come across TH words in the story, emphasize and discuss them with your child, highlighting the unique sound and spelling.

Additionally, you can create your own stories or engage in interactive storytelling activities where your child gets to participate. Encourage your child to identify and point out TH words while listening or reading the story. This will not only strengthen their understanding of TH words, but also improve their listening and comprehension skills.

Remember, learning should be enjoyable. By incorporating these fun activities into your child’s routine, you can make practicing TH words a playful and engaging experience.

Teaching “TH words” to children is crucial for their speech and pronunciation development. Throughout this article, I have discussed various strategies for effectively teaching TH words to kids. By incorporating phonics activities, word games and puzzles, and reading books, we can make the learning process engaging and enjoyable for children.

Using flashcards, songs, and worksheets for phonics activities helps children practice TH words in a fun and interactive way. Word scavenger hunts, word building, and crossword puzzles are effective word games and puzzles that reinforce their understanding of TH words. Additionally, choosing books with TH words, reading aloud, and discussing them encourages children to actively engage with the language.

To further enhance their learning, I have suggested incorporating tongue twisters, singing songs and rhymes, and storytelling with TH words. These activities not only improve their speech and pronunciation skills but also expand their vocabulary.

By implementing these strategies, parents and educators can create a stimulating environment that fosters children’s language skills. Teaching TH words in a creative and interactive manner ensures that children develop strong speech and pronunciation abilities while having fun.

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Where did our strange use of ‘like’ come from.

A photo illustration of an oven knob on a yellow background. Between the “HI” and “LO” marks is written “LIKE.”

By John McWhorter

Opinion Writer

Some months ago, one of my readers sent me an invaluable cache of recordings of family members during therapy sessions in the 1960s. They are ordinary, seemingly educated, white Northeasterners ranging from their late 20s to late middle age speaking casually. And what stands out today, 60 years later, is how often they pause briefly when they talk. Their speech sounds almost herky-jerky to the modern ear.

The reason their speech sounds somewhat odd in that way is that today people like those on the recording would fill many of those pauses with “like.”

It’s not, as sometimes assumed, that people used to talk formally or like books any more than they do now. Casual speech, always and everywhere in any language, is all about short sentences, often unfinished, often with occasional hesitations. But only in the late 1970s did “like” take its confident perch in American English.

The question is why. The answer is not the Frank Zappa’s cute 1982 ditty “Valley Girl,” featuring his teenage daughter, Moon. For one thing, a single song doesn’t change the way people talk every day. For another, that song only leads to the question of why Moon was using “like” that way, given that it wasn’t just her quirk; she was part of what we now call a thing.

Some people think this usage of “like” reflects some kind of epidemic of uncertainty among young people. But the casual “like” has now been entrenched long enough that many of its users are graying at the temples and then some. How unconfident are these near-sexagenarians?

The modern “like” is actually a symptom of something more general about how languages change over time. Language, like nature, abhors a vacuum. All languages have a tendency to seep into corners of meaning and get explicit about them, instead of simply leave them to context. Language likes to get picky.

The subjunctive in Romance languages is picky about the hypothetical, for instance. “She arrives” in Spanish is “Ella llega,” but to say “I hope she arrives,” you have to change the ending and say “Espero que ella llegue.” English largely leaves that nuance of uncertainty to context; Spanish wants it spelled out.

A still more extravagant example: In the Kwaio language of the Solomon Islands, the word for “we” differs, depending on whether you mean yourself and the person you’re talking to or yourself and someone else. There are also different words for “we” if you are talking about yourself and three people including whom you are talking to or three people not including whom you are talking to or more than three people. Kwaio can leave an English speaker with we-ness envy.

English has its hang-ups of this kind, too. One is how to express the future, which is much more complex than just using “will.” “I will buy you some socks” is, if you think about it, a rather odd thing to say. It sounds a bit like something you concede reluctantly after having resisted: “OK … I will buy you some socks.” More typically we choose from several other options. “I’m going to buy you some socks” is the more likely vanilla version of the sentence. “I’ll buy you some socks,” with the contraction, sounds as though you are solving a problem. “Tomorrow I buy you some socks” sounds festive, like an initiation rite or a quinceañera. By contrast, “Tomorrow I’m buying you some socks” sounds a little like a threat.

English is also oddly explicit about, of all things, restraint. We speak with a tacit impulse to keep the drama level moderate, to avoid stridency. One way of doing this is to use the hesitations I referred to in that 1960s recording: You pause before saying something that raises the temperature a bit, reflects an opinion that might arouse, pushes the envelope. But one might also spell out the hesitation more overtly, and this is where the casual “like” comes in. It quietly implies that what’s coming up is like itself rather than just itself, which lowers the temperature, keeps the burner on medium rather than high.

“Like”— as well as “sort of,” which has become a “like” for more formal settings, with “kind of” often filling in as a variant of both — is a subtle thing. To learn to use it idiomatically as a foreigner is as tricky as learning how those variations of the English future tense really work. There is even a masterly academic book on the subject. But most of the ways the casual “like” is used are ultimately variations on that quest for lowering the temperature. Here, for example, is a word-for-word transcription of an American undergraduate speaking casually in the 2020s, recorded for nonlinguistic purposes. In writing, it looks shaggy, but in real life, the person sounded perfectly fluent and even intelligent:

In terms of, like, figuring out how to do that exactly, like, what to, like, um, look for specifically, especially because, like, they’re, you know, like, in the workplace setting, like, your job is to follow the guidelines so, like, you know, kind of figuring out how to learn, like, what, how the conflicts are playing out.

The “likes” in that quote occur not just anywhere but before something new, something with a bit of impact: the task of figuring something out, the issue that this is a workplace setting rather than your house, the challenge of following new rules, the drama of conflicts. One could certainly express all of this without the use of “like” and “you know” and “kind of,” but the result would be a little crisp for casual conversation, perhaps a tad Boy Scout or Leslie Knope-ish .

The temptation is strong to link the emergence of “like” to something about being American sometime around the Carter administration. We might propose that we are more polite than in the old days, keeping it mellow with “like” instead of just laying it out directly. But why would that be? The 1970s, after all, were supposedly about the “me” generation, which presumably would have encouraged a certain boldness in speech. And anything else we might tie it to — more weed after the 1960s? — would have to explain both why it held on long past that era and why it happened in other Anglophone lands with cultures different from ours.

Instead, the casual “like” is probably just a tic that happened to catch on, unconnected to anything personal or cultural, like the Romance subjunctive, the Kwaio pronouns or the future in our own language. After all, French speakers are not professionally hypothetical. Kwaio speakers have no reason to obsess over precisely who is included in a reference to “we.” English speakers have no spiritual need for a way of referring to the future with a hint of menace.

In other words, the casual “like” is just business as usual with the evolution of language — and that evolution often confounds. In the 1990s, for example, I asked a man close to 100 years old whether there was anything he’d noticed about the way young people talked back in the 1920s. His answer: “People said ‘you know’ too much!”

John McWhorter ( @JohnHMcWhorter ) is an associate professor of linguistics at Columbia University. He is the author of “ Nine Nasty Words : English in the Gutter: Then, Now and Forever” and, most recently, “ Woke Racism : How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America.” @ JohnHMcWhorter

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Many will have a day off on monday in honor of presidents day. consumers may take advantage of retail sales that proliferate on the federal holiday, but here's what to know about the history of it..

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Presidents Day is fast approaching, which may signal to many a relaxing three-day weekend and plenty of holiday sales and bargains .

But next to Independence Day, there may not exist another American holiday that is quite so patriotic.

While Presidents Day has come to be a commemoration of all the nation's 46 chief executives, both past and present, it wasn't always so broad . When it first came into existence – long before it was even federally recognized – the holiday was meant to celebrate just one man: George Washington.

How has the day grown from a simple celebration of the birthday of the first president of the United States? And why are we seeing all these ads for car and furniture sales on TV?

Here's what to know about Presidents Day and how it came to be:

When is Presidents Day 2024?

This year, Presidents Day is on Monday, Feb. 19.

The holiday is celebrated on the third Monday of every February because of a bill signed into law in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Taking effect three years later, the Uniform Holiday Bill mandated that three holidays – Memorial Day, Presidents Day and Veterans Day – occur on Mondays to prevent midweek shutdowns and add long weekends to the federal calendar, according to Britannica .

Other holidays, including Labor Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day , were also established to be celebrated on Mondays when they were first observed.

However, Veterans Day was returned to Nov. 11 in 1978 and continues to be commemorated on that day.

What does Presidents Day commemorate?

Presidents Day was initially established in 1879 to celebrate the birthday of the nation's first president, George Washington. In fact, the holiday was simply called Washington's Birthday, which is still how the federal government refers to it, the Department of State explains .

Following the death of the venerated American Revolution leader in 1799, Feb. 22, widely believed to be Washington's date of birth , became a perennial day of remembrance, according to History.com .

The day remained an unofficial observance for much of the 1800s until Sen. Stephen Wallace Dorsey of Arkansas proposed that it become a federal holiday. In 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed it into law, according to History.com.

While initially being recognized only in Washington D.C., Washington's Birthday became a nationwide holiday in 1885. The first to celebrate the life of an individual American, Washington's Birthday was at the time one of only five federally-recognized holidays – the others being Christmas, New Year's, Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July.

However, most Americans today likely don't view the federal holiday as a commemoration of just one specific president. Presidents Day has since come to represent a day to recognize and celebrate all of the United States' commanders-in-chief, according to the U.S. Department of State .

When the Uniform Holiday Bill took effect in 1971, a provision was included to combine the celebration of Washington’s birthday with Abraham Lincoln's on Feb. 12, according to History.com. Because the new annual date always fell between Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays, Americans believed the day was intended to honor both presidents.

Interestingly, advertisers may have played a part in the shift to "Presidents Day."

Many businesses jumped at the opportunity to use the three-day weekend as a means to draw customers with Presidents Day sales and bargain at stores across the country, according to History.com.

How is the holiday celebrated?

Because Presidents Day is a federal holiday , most federal workers will have the day off .

Part of the reason Johnson made the day a uniform holiday was so Americans had a long weekend "to travel farther and see more of this beautiful land of ours," he wrote. As such, places like the Washington Monument in D.C. and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota – which bears the likenesses of Presidents Washington, Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt – are bound to attract plenty of tourists.

Similar to Independence Day, the holiday is also viewed as a patriotic celebration . As opposed to July, February might not be the best time for backyard barbecues and fireworks, but reenactments, parades and other ceremonies are sure to take place in cities across the U.S.

Presidential places abound across the U.S.

Opinions on current and recent presidents may leave Americans divided, but we apparently love our leaders of old enough to name a lot of places after them.

In 2023, the U.S. Census Bureau pulled information from its databases showcasing presidential geographic facts about the nation's cities and states.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the census data shows that as of 2020 , the U.S. is home to plenty of cities, counties and towns bearing presidential names. Specifically:

  • 94 places are named "Washington."
  • 72 places are named "Lincoln."
  • 67 places are named for Andrew Jackson, a controversial figure who owned slaves and forced thousands of Native Americans to march along the infamous Trail of Tears.

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Eric Lagatta covers breaking and trending news for USA TODAY. Reach him at [email protected]

‘A nightmare’: Special counsel’s assessment of Biden’s mental fitness triggers Democratic panic

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden sidestepped any criminal charges as the investigation into his handling of classified documents concluded, but the political blowback from the special counsel’s report Thursday could prove even more devastating, reinforcing impressions that he is too old and impaired to hold the highest office.

Special counsel Robert Hur’s portrait of a man who couldn’t remember when he served as Barack Obama’s vice president, or the year when his beloved son Beau died, dealt a blow to Biden’s argument that he is still sharp and fit enough to serve another four-year term.

In deciding not to charge Biden with any crimes, the special counsel wrote that in a potential trial, “Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview with him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”

It was tough enough for Biden to reassure voters about his health before Hur’s report hit like a thunderclap Thursday afternoon, prompting members of his own party to question whether he could remain the nominee in November.

“It’s a nightmare,” said a Democratic House member who asked to speak anonymously to provide a frank assessment, adding that “it weakens President Biden electorally, and Donald Trump would be a disaster and an authoritarian.”

“For Democrats, we’re in a grim situation.”

Biden wasted little time before attempting to minimize the fallout. He held an unexpected exchange with reporters in the White House on Thursday night, in which he disputed Hur's assessment of his mental acuity.

Biden grew emotional when invoking the part of the report addressing the date of his son's death.

"How in the hell dare you raise that?" Biden said. "Frankly, when I was asked the question I thought to myself, 'It wasn't any of their damn business.' "

‘Beyond devastating’

Polling has long shown that age looms as Biden’s greatest liability in his expected rematch with Trump. A January poll by NBC News found that 76% of voters have major or moderate concerns about Biden’s mental and physical health.

“It’s been a problem since way before this ever happened,” said a longtime Democratic operative who noted that when focus groups are asked to apply one word to Biden, it is often “old.”

Just this week, Biden twice referred to conversations he’s had as president with foreign leaders who’ve long since died. In his remarks Thursday night defending his competency, while talking about the war in Gaza, he referred to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi as being the head of Mexico. White House press aides have downplayed such lapses as the sort of mistake anyone in public life can make.

The Hur report strips away the defenses that Biden’s press operation has used to protect him and raises fresh doubts about whether Biden is up to the rigors of the presidency, Democratic strategists said in interviews.

“This is beyond devastating,” said another Democratic operative, speaking on condition of anonymity to talk candidly about Biden’s shortcomings. “It confirms every doubt and concern that voters have. If the only reason they didn’t charge him is because he’s too old to be charged, then how can he be president of the United States?”

Asked if Hur’s report changes the calculus for Democrats who expect Biden to be the party’s nominee, this person said: “How the f--- does it not?”

Another Biden ally called it “the worst day of his presidency.”

“I think he needs to show us this is a demonstrably false characterization of him and that he has what it takes to win and govern.”

Biden has overwhelmingly won the first primary contests — notching victories in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. It would be virtually impossible for anyone else to challenge him at this point; the deadline has passed in more than 30 states to get on primary ballots.

Some of the president’s allies were quick to defend him. They pointed to the timing of the interview with the special counsel — days after Hamas’ attack on Israel, which had captured much of the president’s focus. Others said that in their own dealings with Biden, he shows no sign of infirmity.

“He did so well in this discussion with members,” Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pa., told NBC News after seeing the president on Thursday. “He’s very sharp, no memory issues, and his only stumbling is when he trips over words consistent with his lifelong speech impediment.”

‘Prejudicial language’

Though Biden was fortunate to escape indictment, the special counsel report may give Trump additional fodder as he fights charges for allegedly mishandling classified records at his Mar-a-Lago social club. Republicans are already accusing Biden of benefiting from a double standard . Trump will likely brandish the Hur report as proof that Biden has “weaponized” the Justice Department for political advantage.

What’s more, Democrats will now be hard-pressed to capitalize on Trump’s indictment over retaining classified records. Before Hur’s report came out, Democrats argued that the two cases were very different. Whereas Trump failed to turn over classified records even after he was asked to do so, Biden willingly cooperated with authorities and relinquished all the material he had, Biden allies had argued.

“The public understands the essential difference between presidents or vice presidents like Joe Biden who occasionally behaved in sloppy ways with respect to where they were taking documents, and a president like Trump, who deliberately makes off with hundreds of classified government documents and then hides them and refuses to return them,” Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said on Wednesday, before the report was released. (Trump has denied any wrongdoing.)

Now, the distinctions may be harder for Biden allies to draw, given that Hur wrote that there was evidence Biden “willfully retained and disclosed classified material after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen.”

The report mentions an instance in February 2017, when he was no longer vice president, when Biden read notes containing classified information “nearly verbatim” to a ghostwriter helping him with his book, “Promise Me, Dad.”

Storage of sensitive government secrets was haphazard. The report describes certain classified records involving the war in Afghanistan in Biden’s Delaware garage inside a “badly damaged box surrounded by household detritus.”

Before the report was released, Biden aides had been bracing for a finding that he had simply been careless in his treatment of classified records, a person familiar with the White House’s thinking said.

The political fallout from the report, though, is likely to be “worse,” this person said. What will stick in people’s minds is what Hur said about Biden’s memory, the person added.

Biden’s lawyers disputed the report’s description of Biden’s forgetfulness.

“We do not believe that the report’s treatment of President Biden’s memory is accurate or appropriate,” two of his lawyers wrote in a letter to Hur. “The report uses highly prejudicial language to describe a commonplace occurrence among witnesses: a lack of recall of years-old events.”

In the hours after the report was released, people close to the Biden campaign rolled out a different rebuttal. Jim Messina, who ran Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, wrote on X, the site formerly known as Twitter, that Hur is a Republican who “knew exactly how his swipes could hurt Biden politically.”

That’s a familiar argument. Trump has also claimed that law enforcement is trying to sway the election, meaning both sides are now claiming victimization at the hands of partisan prosecutors.

“Hur knew exactly what he was doing here,” Stephanie Cutter, a veteran Democratic operative, wrote on X. “To provide political cover for himself for not prosecuting, he gratuitously leveled a personal (not legal) charge against the president that he absolutely knows is a gift to Trump. And, guess what we are all talking about?”

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Peter Nicholas is a senior national political reporter for NBC News.

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