Sunday, May 18, 2014

Beginning blends for the letter B

The letter B represents the sound you hear at the beginning of the word bee:



The letter B is often paired with two different consonants, L and R, that is found at the beginning of common words.

The BL blend is the sound you hear at the beginning of the word black, which is the color of this font.

To give you an idea of what BL sounds like when it precedes various vowels, I'll give you a sample of each.

black, blend, bliss, block, and blue.

The BR blend is what a lot of people say when they are cold.

Some examples of BR words are:

brass, breeze, brim, broke, brush

Learning and recognizing letter patterns and blends is very helpful in improving literacy.

This chart shows quite a few of common blends along with pictures to help students learning English.



This book lists the blends alphabetically, along with some illustrations.



Check out more books on phonics blendsphonics blends at Amazon.

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Cheryl Paton helped adults improve their reading skills with various techniques. She is the Literacy Ideas Contributor on Squidoo, and she receives income for items purchased through links on this page.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Learning sight words is a good starting point for adults

Sight words are words that are recognized by sight. Good sight words to start with are common connecting words that are usually found in a lot of sentences, such as, a, as, the, at, am, and, with, about, etc.

Other sight words to consider teaching are the ones that the student needs to know. These words can be job related, family related, recipe related, etc. These will vary depending on your student and their needs and wants.

Learning sight words helps the students to have early success, and to gain confidence in reading.

However, once the student knows some sight words, they sill benefit most from learning phonics as well. Being able to sound out new words on their own will increase there reading ability. Between knowing phonics and context, they will go much further in figuring out what some says, than if they only learned sight words.

You can find examples for teaching sight words on my Squidoo page, here.

Cheryl Paton

Cheryl Paton was a literacy tutor for adults for over 12 years. She is the Literacy Ideas Contributor on Squidoo, and she receives income for items purchased through links on this page.