Check out this free printable phonics story for beginning readers. Ken the Elf is designed for Kindergartners working on short vowels and consonant digraphs. Make sure your student reads sound-by-sound, since most of the words in the story are decodable: Ken the Elf Happy holidays!
Did your student just learn letter sounds? If so, it’s time to start decoding short a words. Short a says a_ as in apple. Some sample short a words include: hat, rat, bat, Dan, Tam… etc. How many words should your beginner read? These students that are at the very beginning of blending words, should […]
When kids learn letter sounds, and phonics sounds in general, they benefit from interleaving–a practice in which you mix up material. For example, if t is a new sound, and the student already knows d, m, s, a, then make an activity with all 5 of these letters. Mix them up so the student doesn’t […]
Do you have a student who is learning letter sounds? Encourage beginners by introducing just a handful of sounds at a time. Never bombard your student with a lot of sounds at once. Instead, introduce 2-4 new letter sounds at a time. Also, review old letter sounds each lesson. Here is a free letter sound […]
Do you have a Kindergarten student? Beginning readers need to learn how to decode short vowel words. If you’d like to prepare your student for reading, begin by saying words slowly: mmmmm-ooooo-mmmm. Then, ask your student, “What am I saying?” Pick about 10 short vowel words per lesson. Once your student 1) knows letter sounds […]