The letter “P"

        DID YOU KNOW that for many people learning English, it is very difficult to say the letter P?  It comes out like B.  So how do you teach it?  Well, you make it fun to learn through stories and songs.  Then you teach a little trick!  You have the child write the letter P on a small piece of paper and the letter B on another small piece of paper.  The teacher does the same thing and then holds the little piece of paper with the B on it in front of his/her mouth.  The teacher says the letter B . . . and the paper does not move! But when you say the letter P, the paper moves with each puff of air it takes to say P
     Now here is a wonderful story from our friend, Lahu, in India.  Lahu is a terrific teacher and very kindly shared his letter P story with us. 

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HELLO!  My name is P and I’m here from the English alpha- bet to help you learn to say me! Did you know that a library is a place full of books, and books are things full of alphabet letters? I want to do all I can to make it possible for you to read any story you want to read starting with the letter P in our library!            
     P is letter 16 in the English alphabet. It looks like this: P or like this, p.      
     P is for park, part, punch, pack, peacocks, piano, puppy, pajamas, and potatoes!                 
     But did you know that letters make sounds just like animals do?!  Sheep say “bahhh” for B. Ducks say, “quack” for Q. But do you know who makes the 
P sound? Little frogs singing!  
     “P-eeeeeeep!  
P-eeeeeeep!  P-eeeeeeep!” 

     Bye! See you! Hope you are going to practice the P sound!  —Lahu


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