At the core of education is reading and comprehension. That is why I have been focusing on these two. I have so many topics I want to discuss, but these two are foundational.
Here is a recap of what I have been discussing in my blog (read previous posts for a fuller description), and some of the first steps to teaching beginning reading:
- phonemic awareness
- building your child’s/students’ vocabulary through exposure to rich language
- teaching letter to sound correlations (beginning phonics)
- teaching CVC words (consonant-vowel-consonant words) e.g. cat, dog, kit, hug, pet, etc.
- teaching beginning high frequency sight words (see dolch’s word list under my reading navbar) e.g. the, said, want, like
- teaching CVCe words (consonant-vowel-consonant-silent e words) e.g. bake, hike, rose, cube
- teaching consonant digraphs (letter combinations that make a new sound: ch, ph, sh, th, and wh) e.g. chat, phone, ship, there, whale
Remember, different children work at different rates; customize to meet your child/student’s needs.
More steps and teaching tips to come!