That almost sounds racy doesn’t it?
Believe me, nothing racy about phonics.
Just google “the effectiveness of phonics” and you’ll see all kinds of debates … about whether or not it works and if it is necessary to teach children phonics.
The thing is that for most children, I think it does work.
But for some, especially it seems a larger proportion of those who were adopted older from China, it just doesn’t click.
For Larry, it has never clicked, but I do see him doing some blending and sounding/guessing now with a lot more confidence.
And amazingly, he has memorized a plethora of words. And he reads well I think for less than 2 years of immersion English.
This post though, I wanted to share what I just witnessed.
And that is my big girl blending like I’ve never seen before.
The ones pictured above are the ones we used today for our short 10-minute phonics lesson, that I stopped BEFORE she was ready to quit (well-known secret among seasoned teachers that I’m just now learning and implementing). 😉
She has never seemed to “get” the blending until today, and she said …
and even … FLOWED.
And the best part was … she used CONTEXT and words she knows to figure out that COUCH is couch and TOUCH is touch, even though the OU in each word is making a different sound.
Now not to leave my other kindergartner out, little man was actually rocking out some C-V-C words himself. He did better than I was expecting as well!
He really rocked it on POT as he put it all together without his usual style of P-AH-Tuh. Instead he just said, “POT!” 🙂
I gave him a “shot” (pun totally intended) at a consonant blend and he even read …
… without my prompting. I know, perhaps a poor word choice, but we are working on the SH sound in speech, so you get it all done any way you can LOL!
For anyone wondering, I used different color caps for different blends–vowels for instance are red while vowel blends are orange, consonants are blue while consonant blends are green and then light blue is for endings like -y, -ed, -ing, -es.
We will be using our Alpha-Caps again (and if anyone has some red ones who sees me IRL, I need some more … and some more orange and green too, though M keeps me well-supplied … but I’ll always take more!). BTW, this is a TOTALLY free resource … and is GREEN too. 🙂
I will be adding more to our collection, but once I got started I realized how true it is that if children can learn these blends and special endings coupled with context and thinking of the words they already know (even if they don’t know how they are spelled), they really can read almost anything!
**I have since created some sheets we use with our Alpha-Caps. They are totally optional, but they have made our word work more purposeful and structured. I decided others might like to use them as well! I also included several pages in the resource with more descriptions of how I put together and use the Alpha-Caps. My Repurposed for Word Work resource is available in my TpT store.**
I have plans in the future to make some Number-Caps, and am thinking on how I can use colors to correlate with place value. Still working that out in my brain, so if you have ideas, please do share.