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Teaching letter sound when the letter sounds different in their names
Old 11-15-2017, 10:46 AM
 
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In our Progress Monitoring system and curriculum, we introduce the primary sound for each letter first. We do not introduce secondary sounds until all of the primary sounds have been mastered.

We've made progress from where we began, but as students are becoming more conscientious, they're making connections to their names - which is sometimes a problem. For example in the name Alyson (fake name) the y makes a short /i/ sound. Now Alyson is saying y says /i/ (which it can, but I have to teach the consonant sound first).

Do you have any advice for this?


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I would treat that situation as I do sight words. We call them bubble gum words because you have to chew on them and think about them. Try to say Alyson with the Y sound you know. It does not sound like the name you know. Try another sound for the letter y. Does Al ya sun sound like a word you know? Bubble gum words take time thinking .
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I just comment, "You're right! It does make that sound in that word. But usually it makes this sound" and move on. You don't have to make a big deal out of it.
We also talk about some letters borrowing sounds from other letters. Like c doesn't have it own sound. Sometimes it borrows /s/ and sometimes it borrows /k/.
You can just explain it briefly and then move on with what you are teaching.
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Old 11-16-2017, 05:03 AM
 
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I think we should get rid of C as a letter. It does nothing!
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Random vent: Y is used as a vowel about 99% of the time, so why is the first sound taught the consonant sound? (not specifically your program but every phonics program I've ever worked with)

But I agree with what ICrazyTeach wrote.


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Old 11-17-2017, 04:14 PM
 
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I often wish I taught in a Spanish speaking country. Teaching reading would be so much easier!

I totally agree with ICrazyTeach. And Zia - let's just dump the C!
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