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Table of Contents
Three-Part Series on The Basics: Reading
Teaching Your Child To Read
Pre-Reading Phonics Practice
Teaching Phonics Step-by-Step
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Have you taught your child to read? What
a delight to watch
the lights go on and the world open up through the printed word!
That is the time many mothers feel they have passed the first
test and become home educators -- and they have.
If this exciting opportunity is still ahead
of you, we trust
that you will find help and encouragement in this newsletter.
Take your time and enjoy teaching your child to read. It
a wonderful experience to share together!
If your child is in junior or senior high,
you might be
surprised to learn that a review of phonics rules can help smooth
out some stumbling in his reading or improve his spelling. The
basics are always appropriate study material for any age.
May the Lord bless your family for His glory!
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian Welch
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Three-Part Series on The Basics
The three Rs (Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic)
skills. They must be thoroughly mastered in order for children
to acquire, use, and communicate knowledge in other subjects.
These basics must also be constantly reviewed,
and used, so
that they are retained.
You may want to go back to the basics to test
understanding, use, and speed by means of daily or weekly quizzes
You may also want to concentrate on the basics
for a while:
* When your child is beginning his home schooling.
* When you are overwhelmed with too many subjects or family
* When your child has reached a roadblock and cannot seem
* When your child is ready to begin a new, higher-level
Although the basics are the first steps in
are never outgrown -- they are the tools that our children need
to have honed and ready for all their future learning.
Reading is the passport to the world of knowledge
understanding of the world. Reading and comprehension skills
enable your child to learn in any subject area throughout his life.
The methods used to teach children to read
word (also called "sight reading" or "look-say") and intensive
Whole word requires the child to memorize
the shape of
the word, not the individual sounds of the letters. However,
a child cannot possibly memorize all the words he may
Phonics teaches the sounds of the letters
and certain groups
of letters. Phonics rules give the child tools to decode written
sounds of even new and unfamiliar words.
Intensive phonics will also help your child
learn to spell.
Teaching a child to read is not as difficult
as you may
think. You need only a few phonics resources, patience, and
Start with short lessons and gradually increase
If your child becomes frustrated during a reading session, stop
on a positive note, rather than try to finish the lesson.
Reading readiness depends on the individual
children are able to master reading skills by age 6 or 7.
However, you need not delay reading instruction
if your child
shows interest and ability sooner.
Likewise, you need not worry if your child
to learn to read. It is more important to establish a solid
foundation of reading skills than to push for early reading.
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Pre-Reading Phonics Practice
A well-developed phonics system will lead
success for almost every child within a few months.
However, to prevent hang-ups, slow-downs,
mental/emotional blocks, make a low-key game of the
following pre-reading phonics exercises for months (or even
years) before you begin to teach reading. This will develop your
child's ability to hear and evaluate similar and different sounds
1. Initial, Middle, and Ending Sounds
Have your child think of words that begin
with the same
* "What words start the same as Daniel (or your
name)? How about door, dog,
and dinner. Now you think
* Another day think of words that start like Mommy
Sister, etc., until all sounds have
* Do the same for middle and ending sounds.
2. Word Pairs
Say word pairs and have your child tell you
if they have
the same beginning, middle, or ending sound. Say:
"Do bat and ball begin the same?"
"How about bat and cat?" (No)
"Do bat and foot end the same?"
"How about bat and ball?" (No)
"Do hat and can have the same
middle sound?" (Yes)
"How about bat and bit?" (No)
"Which parts of bat and bed
are the same?" (Beginning)
"How about bat and can?" (Middle)
"How about hat and feet?" (End)
* Do not try all these questions at once or you will confuse
your child; practice each step until it is
many different examples on many separate occasions)
before moving on to the next.
Do rhyming games and riddles.
* Say "What rhymes with bat and cat?" (fat,
pat, rat, sat)
* Or "What is a food that rhymes with sneeze?" (cheese)
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Teaching Phonics Step-by-Step
Teaching phonics is not hard. Instruction
can range from a simple manual to an extensive system
with cassettes, workbooks, games, phonetic readers, etc.
Or you can make up your own flashcards, word lists, and
Any good phonics system should use the following
and teach all the letter-sound connections used in English
words. Eighty-seven percent of English words can be read
by "sounding them out" with the rules of phonics.
1. Consonants and Short Vowels
Teach letter/sound associations for consonants
boy, /c/ in cat, etc.) and for short vowels (/a/ in bat;
/e/ in bet; /i/ in bit; /o/ in hot; /u/ in hut).
2. Beginning Consonant and Short Vowel Blends
Practice reading initial-consonant plus short
blends (/sa/ in sad, /me/ in men, /fi/ in fig,
/ro/ in rod,
/nu/ in nut).
3. Add a Final Consonant
Create, read, and spell one-syllable words
vowels by adding a final consonant to each of the blends
learned in Step 2 (e.g., baa-t, bat; saa-d, sad; haa-t,
An estimated 62 percent of the English language
up of short-vowel words and syllables; this gives immediate
success if practice words and sentences have been carefully
4. Long Vowels
When long-vowel words are added (e.g., /a/
in cake; /e/
in seed; /i/ in bike; /o/ in boat; /u/ in huge),
* When there is one vowel in a short (one-syllable) word,
it usually says its short sound.
* When there are two vowels in a short word, the first
vowel usually says its long sound; the second
one is silent
(e.g., same, meat, fine,
5. Practice Reading and Spelling
Applying just the four steps above opens up
a world of
reading vocabulary to your children. Provide sentences and
stories to give your child practice using the phonetic sounds
they are learning and to develop smoothness and speed.
6. Multiple-Syllable Words
Once a child is familiar with one-syllable
words of more than one syllable can be introduced. The
easiest way to teach two-syllable words is to begin with
simple compound words like baseball and root words with
added suffixes like jump, jumping, jumped.
Many other two-syllable words can be read
after you teach
that a vowel is usually long if followed by one consonant and
then another vowel (e.g., begin, open, silent) and that a vowel
is usually short if followed by two or more consonants before
the next vowel (e.g., children, kitchen, cupboard) unless the
first consonant after the vowel is followed by le (e.g., table,
maple, but not little, kettle).
7. Special Phonics Rules
Use word lists for spelling and reading that
phonics rules as they are learned. The following are a few
* Letter clusters: /ch/ in chin, chair; /or/
/sh/ in ship, shape; /ing/ in
* Silent-letter words: comb, lamb, half.
* Special groupings of letters: night, bright,
laugh, cough, enough;
* Silent-l words: chalk, talk, walk.
* Words using ank: bank, drank, sank,
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Reading comprehension is the process of connecting
that we read to thoughts that we think and is an important aspect
of the basic skill of reading.
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