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Old 01-08-2021, 03:37 PM
 
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Students need to be proficient in blending sounds together before moving on to something like looking for word parts. A student who is reading sound by sound should be focusing only on CVC words, and not being given a silent e word like "cape."

I teach students with significant reading difficulties, and they need very explicit and systematic phonics instruction in order to learn to read. Some higher level readers may certainly just naturally skip steps. I begin by teaching students to tap out each sound and blend them together to read a CVC word. Then we move on to whispering the sounds and saying the whole word out loud, mouthing the sounds and saying the whole word out loud, and then finally just thinking of the sounds and reading the whole word out loud.

Other phonics patterns aren't introduced until students are fluently reading CVC words without having to sound them out first. When students are ready to learn the silent e syllable type, we have them use their pointer and middle fingers to point to the first vowel sound and the e, as a reminder for the pattern. Our super strugglers say the vowel sound out loud first, and then read the whole word. Just like with the first steps, they wouldn't move past the silent pattern until they are able to fluently read those words without doing anything with the sounds first.
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