J: Ssh … ssh … [he holds his finger to his lips]
N: Why do we have to be quiet?
Sue: Because we don’t want to wake the monster that lives under the ground. That’s our game. We’re playing together.
N: Can I join in? I love playing games.
J and Sue: Sure!
E: [coming over from the other side of the playground] Look! There are some sheep in the field over there! Can we go and play with them?
J & N: [fingers to lips] Ssh, you’ll wake the monster!
Sue: And you might scare the sheep away too.
[The early years setting is very rural. There are animals everywhere.]
A: [joining them] Shall we go and see them? The sheep?
Sue: That’s a great idea. Hey everyone, can you hear that ‘sh’ sound we keep making? Remember? That’s our sound this week. Shall we see how many times we can spot it? [everyone nods] We could count the sheep too, if you like?
E: That’s the best way to fall asleep. [they all laugh]
A: Then afterwards we can go inside and find lots of ‘sh’ toys. Sharks!
E: And shields!
N: And shells!
J: On the seashore!
Sue: Sure thing. [they all high five] We could write some of them down in our explorer’s notebooks, if you like?
A: Hey, that’s another ‘sh’ sound. Sure.
Sue: Let’s talk about that ‘sh’ another time …
[They head off to count the sheep.]