As part of our phonics program, we use a wonderful text that breaks up its units into each of the sounds in the very complicated English language. One week, we were working on the /ar/ or /a/ sound (think car and glass). To practice making the sound, we pretended we were pirates. Then we tried to make the sound for as long as possible. It was great fun. I then asked the children to think of some words with the sound in it.
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One boy, who never really said too much, but had a lot going on inside his mind (very intelligent stuff going on I should say) put his hand up. HIs sense of humour was great and mature for his age (he was actually the youngest child in my class). He rarely shared ideas so I quickly called on him and he said,
“Arrrrrrr….. Allianz insurance that’s correct!”
I laughed. He laughed. The other children are still trying to figure it out.