Category Archives: Phonics and Decoding

Changing “Hen to Fox,” “Hike to Chase” & Struggle to Success!

In the last post, we looked at some activities to build words that tutors can use with learners who need some help with letters, sounds, sound patterns and how they go together to make words. In this post, we’ll look … Continue reading

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Under construction: Some building blocks of reading

Emergent readers and struggling readers often need some practice with the building blocks of language–letters, the sounds they make when we put them together in print, and the words they make. While the larger goal of reading is comprehension, readers … Continue reading

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Love at first “sight”: Teaching high-frequency sight words

English is a word lovers dream! Linguists believe English has the largest vocabulary of the 6,000 languages on Earth. On June 10, 2009 the Global Language Monitor noted that English language passed the million word threshold (the millionth word was … Continue reading

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Helping struggling readers with word family instruction

Family matters! That’s no less true in learning to read than it is in life. Many young and/or struggling readers need help learning words that share common patterns like -at words cat, hat, mat, and sat. These words are part … Continue reading

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