Category Archives: Phonics

Long Vowel Sound Tips

      “Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!” Or is that “e – i – e – i – o”? Long sounds or short sounds? Vowels can be so confusing–especially the long vowel sounds! One of the difficulties with “long vowel sounds” … Continue reading

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Ways to Read a Difficult Word in A Sentence

If your child is having trouble reading a particular word, but is able to read the rest of the sentence, here are some tips to help her figure out the difficult word: Skip the word, and come back to it … Continue reading

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Teaching sounds spelled in a variety of ways

Grrrr! One of the frustrating aspects of English spelling is that similar or same sounds can be spelled in a variety of ways. On the other hand, the same spelling combination can make different sounds! This post will provide some … Continue reading

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Using word chunks to sound out words

Encourage your child, when she is learning to read, to watch for “mini words” or “chunks” she recognizes within words. It is a lot easier to sound out words in “chunks” than to sound out each letter individually. For example, it is easier … Continue reading

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Using Rhyme to Learn Sounds

A good rhyming game: rhyming couplets: Write a selection of simple rhyming words on cards or a blackboard. Make up two or three fun little rhyming couplets, and have your child fill in the second rhyme. Then encourage him or … Continue reading

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Short Vowel Sound Tips

Teach letter “sounds” before their “names”: If you haven’t started teaching your child the alphabet, start with the letter “sounds” before you teach the letter “names.” After all, when we “sound out” words in reading, it is the “letter sounds” we … Continue reading

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Beginning to learn letters and sounds

Over the next while, I will be posting a variety of ideas on how to help your child learn letters and sounds. Today’s first post in this series focuses on children who are just starting to learn their sounds and … Continue reading

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