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1st Reading Helps
The following is provided if you have young children ages 0 to 12 years and are interested in information to help their reading skills. This also helps for any age person that is older that may be delayed in reading:
If your child is old enough to attend public school, or if you are considering home schooling, you may have already assisted your child to practice on the little reading projects that certain children have brought home to place on their refrigerator for letter-sound match practice. Or, you may be listening to your child read from his or her Elementary Library reader.
It is also beneficial to start an At-Home Tales journal designated as a weekly or monthly writing project that your child dictates to you as the author of their own monthly personal story. You can type it for them or write it for them as they look on. You can ask them details to explain more about the story so that they can expand their writing. Eventually, you won’t be needed at all as the transcriber. The story should tell about an event that happened during that month’s identified Holiday celebrations or other family happening.
On this blog page, the 1st Parent Help Page below provides your child a screen format of letter-sound matches and the expected initial sounds of all the letters. This section has “ABC Initial Practice” and “Letter-Sound Words.” Short Readers will be added for reading practice later. Please test your child to determine letter names and sounds. As an activity, you can have your child cut out pictures from a magazine that matches the letter-sound matches in the beginning letters of the words. Later, your child will also need to practice the ending sound on words and you can test your child verbally if they identify correct letter sounds at word beginnings and endings. You can practice the letter sound matches in words that are spelled phonetically in the “Letter-Sound Words” section of this web page (see 1st Parent Help page).
1st Parent Help
ABC Initial Practice
PROBLEM THAT YOUR CHILD HAS LIMITED WORD RECOGNITION?
The first skill needed to read is recognition of letter-sound matches and word-family drill practices (word families such as “at”, “an”, “ap”) that will insure phonemic and phonic skills.
DO NOT CONSIDER THAT YOUR CHILD IS TOO OLD TO NEED THIS LETTER-SOUND MATCH SKILL. INITIAL FOUNDATIONS OF READING AND WRITING REQUIRE YOUR CHILD TO MASTER THIS BASIC SKILL OF READING.
Some 5th grade students and above have not mastered their letter-sound matches. Letter identification by name of letter and sound of letter is needed to progress in reading.
PLEASE CHECK THIS WITH YOUR CHILD. YOUR CHILD NEEDS TO IMMEDIATELY RECOGNIZE THE LETTER AND THE SOUNDS OF EACH LETTER IDENTIFIED IN THE BEGINNING SOUND OF THE WORD BELOW. (Except X will be sounded at the last of the word below.) In the list below, basic letter-sound matches do not include the long vowel that sounds the vowel’s name and it does not use the alternate sounds of the consonants c (s) and g (j). C is pronounced hard with the k sound and g is pronounced hard as in ‘give.’ Also, it does not use the alternate sound of y when it is used as a vowel (i.e. baby/my).
A a as in Apple
B b as in Bell
C c as in Cat
D d as in Dog
E e as in Egg
F f as in Fox
G g as in Gas
H h as in hat
I i as in ink
J j as in jam
K k as in kitten
L l as in log
M m as in mop
N n as in net
O o as in ox
P p as in pin
Q q as in queen
R r as in red
S s as in sun
T t as in tent
U u as in up
V v as in van
W w as in well
X x as in ax
Y y as in yell
Z z as in zip
If your child does not know all the letters or sounds when presented out-of-order, then please go back and play games with your child until recognition. This may take 4 weeks or more. DO NOT USE THE LIST BELOW AT THIS TIME. YOUR CHILD NEEDS TO RECOGNIZE THE LETTER NAMES AND SOUNDS OUT OF SEQUENCE of ABC ORDER PRIOR TO USING THE FOLLOWING LIST OF PHONETICALLY SPELLED WORDS.
Please see the “ABC Initial Practice” title under 1st Parent Help as identified and see the sounds that your child is expected to identify immediately, along with the recognition of the letter name. Practice these sounds and letter names out of order after your child can say the ABCs in rote by order.
As cited earlier, certain letters have more than one sound. But initially PLEASE only focus on the one sound identified in the “ABC Initial Practice” title above. There are many excellent letter books with bright colors and variety to help your child master their letter and sound matches. You can check the Public Library. Please ask the Librarian for help. Furthermore, there is often inexpensive letters and sound books that I have purchased at the Dollar General Store. These books greatly assisted my granddaughter to be an excellent top reader in her class.
A webpage for at-home practice if you have the internet can assist with letter-sound matches at www.starfall.com (there are many other sites) or if you do not have a computer, you can use your Public Library card for access on the internet for your child to work on letter sound matches. But most important is your parent-child interaction in a loving environment where the letter names and sounds become a pleasant interchange.
Have fun with your child in this.
If your child has already mastered his/her ABC letter names and sound matches, but has a limited or no word recognition —SELECT 10 TO 20 WORDS PER WEEK from the following list of phonetically spelled words. Make certain the list you make is small enough to master in a week without placing undue stress on your child, and go over the words 10 to 20 minutes daily reminding your child of the sound that each letter makes and point to the letters as you say each sound in sequence from left to right to show visually and auditorily how each letter-sound would follow the other in a blended sound until your child has immediate phonemic (sound) recognition of the letters.
Short Readers will be added to this site in the future to supplement and assist speed recognition in these phonetically spelled words. And remember that word recognition is dependent upon your child. So, 10 to 20 words per week may be too many. Five words may be best per week. Here is a list of word families with all short vowel sounds of a,e, i, o, u.
Word families with the short a sound as the “a” in apple:
rags or Rags (as in a pet’s name)
Extra Sight Words that will help with coming reading books to be available on this site soon:
PLEASE GO OVER THESE SIGHT WORDS ALSO:
Word families with the short sound of e as the “e” in egg.
Word families with the short sound of i as the “i” in ink.
it’s –Two words in one — “it is”
its — Shows ownership — “Its eye hurt.”
that does not have apostrophe.
Word families with the short sound of o as the “o” in ox.
Word families with the short sound of u as the “u” in up.
If these words are easy for your child to sound out without your help, go on to 2nd Parent Help.