In this curriculum, we treat the /h/ sound as a stop phoneme, though it could be called a continuous fricative. It is useful to teach it as a stop phoneme because it provides a gentler on-ramp to learning how to read words that begin with stop sounds. That is why, later in the curriculum, the first word we ask students to read that begins with a stop sound is ‘hat.’
In this task, you’ll treat the /h/ sound at the beginning of he as a stop sound. If necessary, ask students to take a deep breath before they say it.