Reading Elephant has added 2 consonant blends stories to our shop. We now offer 12 consonant blends stories for kindergartners and 1st graders.
Consonant blends are 2 or more letter sounds in a row. Some examples include:
gr as in grill
cl as in click
br as in brand
sn as in snail
sp as in spot
tr as in track
pl as in plank
fl as in flake
sl as in slide
_nt as in went
_nd as in land
_lp as yelp
_st as in best
fr as in friend
Kids should decode consonant blends one sound at a time. Kids don’t need to memorize consonant blends.
Our new decodable book “Sal’s Spot” helps kindergartners learn to read consonant blends.
The decodable story “Sal’s Spot” helps kindergartners learn to read the consonant blends gr, sp, _nd, _nt, _st and more.
Reading Elephant phonics books are unique because they also systematically introduce sight words. In “Sal’s Spot,” kids can practice reading the sight words blue, great, gold, many, water, piece and together.
Reading Elephant phonics books gradually introduce phonics sounds and sight words.
Our other new consonant blends story “Fred and Pam” recounts a reunion between two butterfly friends.
The decodable story “Fred and Pam” helps kids learn consonant blends sp, gl, _st, sn, _nd, fr, and tw.
“Fred and Pam” also allows kids to practice the sight words together, were, again, different, could, their and blue.
When do kids learn consonant blends?
Kids should learn to sound out words with systematic (or step-by-step) phonics instruction.
Kindergartners typically progress from learning letter sounds to short vowels to consonant digraphs (sh, th, ch, _tch… etc.) to consonant blends. This means, kids usually learn consonant blends towards the end of kindergarten. However, first graders may need to work on consonant blends too.
Reading Elephant decodable books help kids build a strong decoding foundation.