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Old 10-27-2009, 06:10 AM
 
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Hi! When teaching blends, I always thought that if the word has a blend, it is considered one sound (drop would be dr-o-p) but our new reading series has it as 4 d-r-o-p. How do you do it?
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I have hear it both ways but the 4 is because you can hear both the d and r together, but with ck you only here the k so I think it would be one.
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Each letter in a blend makes its own sound. "Drop" has four sounds. Digraphs make one sound. -ck is a digraph. "Back" has three sounds.
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That is how we teach it also, Moana Mel. We count the sounds we hear. This is hard for the kids who know how to spell! crush has 4 sounds- c r u sh . sheet has 3 sounds--sh ee t Since the sh combines to make 1 (new) sound we count it as one. The ee combines to make one sound also. The same is for the word rain = 3 sounds-- r ai n.

Hearing sounds is hard when I ask kids to tell me the sounds in was. The ones who know how to spell the word have a hard time with it at first. I ask for the real sounds, and then ask if the word "cheats". And the word was cheats! The a doesn't do his job(sounds like u) the s doesn't do his job-sounds like a z! They both cheat. This explanation helps the kids remember how to read/spell the word better. The letters qu also make one
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Old 10-27-2009, 05:03 PM
 
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Our language arts program teaches it as r "clusters."



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We treat blends as individual sounds...some sounds are more 'glued' together than others and are harder to differentiate. I have the kids tap out the sounds with their fingers or you can use the Elkonin(spelling?) boxes to help kids differentiate. Magnets on a mini whiteboard are also a good manipulative to segment sounds.
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