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We’ve released Series 16. With our new books, kids can practice inflectional ending ing words.
The series gradually increases in difficulty, starting with short vowel ing words (like tagging), progressing to silent e in words (like smiling) and finally to all vowel type ing words (like sailing). Here’s a summary of the progression:
short vowel ing words–> silent e ing words–> all vowel type ing words
tagging–> smiling–> sailing
In sum, kids get to incrementally improve their ability to read inflectional ending ing words. This systematic progression allows kids to maintain their confidence as they learn to read.
Inflectional ending ing mini-lesson
Inflectional ending ing can cause students some confusion. Kids often struggle to identify if the first vowel is long or short.
For example, how can a child distinguish hopping from hoping?
Here’s the rule:
If there are two consonants in the middle, the first vowel is short. Ex. hopping
If there is one consonant in the middle, the first vowel is long. Ex. hoping
Here are some sample words to demonstrate the rule further.
Some short vowel ing words include: tapping, betting, digging, napping.
Some silent e long vowel ing words include: baking, raking, doting, piling.
If there is a vowel unit (like ee, ea, ai, ow, igh…etc.), then the student just says the vowel unit. For example, some vowel unit ing words include: seeing, sailing, glowing, lighting.
Teaching kids to spell inflectional ending ing words
To help cement phonics rules, kids also need to learn how to spell them. To teach the inflectional ending ing phonics rule, teach kids to double the consonant when the first vowel is short.
First, say a inflectional ending ing word. Then, say the word in a sentence. For example:
Teacher says, “Jogging. Jim is jogging on the nature path. First, write jog.”
Student writes jog.
Teacher says, “Is the first vowel long or short?” [the o in jogging is short].
Student says, “short.”
Teacher says, “If the first vowel is short, do we double the consonant?”
Student says, “Yes.” Student doubles the g in jog and completes the word jogging.