Do you have a child in Kindergarten that needs to learn to blend sounds together? With just a few activities, you can teach your child to read short a words. Some children struggle tremendously with blending sounds. However, even kids that struggle with phonemic awareness (the ability to break apart, manipulate and blend sounds) can […]
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 […]
Decodable books allow beginning readers to practice their phonics skills. They are books that start with one vowel sound—usually short a as in cat—and they continue to add one vowel sound per set. This allows a student’s knowledge to progress systematically or step-by-step. Decodable books are key for strong reading skills, because they teach kids […]
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 […]