Deeper Dive: about

Word Story Text
What about, about?

About is a word where it might be useful to turn to stress friends in two syllable words.

The stress can be put on the first syllable of the word, like in the word something, or on the second syllable.

Like in words like about you don't say about, you say about, This is why we end up with the unstressed, schwa, the, uh, sound at the beginning of the word and about is not the only word where this occurs.

You could try teaching about with words like along, across, around, and above. In order to highlight that this is a pattern that occurs across multiple words.