Have you heard your child say that a certain word is a “trick” word? Most words can be “tapped” out. If you have seen your child tap a finger to his/her thumb starting with the pointer finger and each finger after for each sound, then sweep all the sounds by sliding the thumb across each finger, then you know all about tapping out the sounds.
But what happens when that does not work? Then it is a “trick” word. Some examples of “trick” words are: was, said, of, they, have, been. These words do not work to tap out. Students just have to know them. Ask your child about the difference between “trick” words and “tap out” words.