Tuesday, January 15, 2013

br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, sr, scr, shr, tr, thr, wr: reading help

Does our crocodile look friendly to you?  yes  no
Letter r is a strong sound; it takes young children a long time to learn to twist their tongue muscles into the shapes needed to produce it.

Teams shr and thr are special. Look for the shr, thr lesson within a few days from today.

The full r-blend family is large: br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, sr, scr, shr, tr, thr, wr.

Today's blog will target br, cr, dr words.

Fr, gr, pr, sr, scr, tr, and wr will be covered in the next two blogs.

Being able to see r-blends within words while reading will take many repetitions.  This is because letter r is seen working on its own in words like rabbit, arm, and our; not just in r-blends, like brag and trip.

As you are reading stories together, ask your child to watch for specific r-blends in order to help your child isolate one small group from the vast pool of letters he is seeing on the page.

Begin by saying, let's listen to letter r at the start of:
rat           raccoon          reindeer
ram         rhinoceros      rooster

Let's say the b sound before the r sound:
brat       brand           brave       brace           bread
brag      bramble       brain        bracelet       breath same vowel sound as in bread

Let's say the c sound before the r sound:
crab     crack       crazy       crawl      creature    crocodile
cram    crash       crayon     creep     cricket       croak

Let's say the d sound before r:
drat      dream      drop     drill      drift
drab     dress       drip      drink    drive

Quiz: In each word, ask your child to tell you whether or not he sees a two-letter r-blend: br, cr, or dr. If your child has trouble knowing b from d, please consider my Panda book, seen at my website, given at the bottom of this blog. Getting a slow start knowing b from d will harm your child; take the word of a tutor. (For your 1st grade child, look at the Giraffe book.)

1) brave    yes, I see a two letter r-blend (or r-team)   or no, I do not see an r-blend
2) brim            yes    or    no
3) breeze        yes    or    no
4) brick           yes    or    no
5) snow           yes    or    no
6) crab             yes    or   no
7) crane           yes    or   no
8) drum           yes    or    no
9) creep          yes    or   no
10) dragon     yes   or   no

Answers: 1) yes, br; 2) yes, br; 3) yes, br; 4) yes, br; 5) no, but there is an sn blend; 6) yes, cr; 7) yes, cr; 8) yes, dr; 9) yes, cr; 10) yes, dr

You may like to see the list of lessons given on the right right of your page. Also, you may like to see my Panda bear book to strengthen your child with this lesson and many other reading essentials. Click this link, then click bookstore, scroll down to see the Panda: http://www.zoomreadingstrategy.com  
Getting a smart start makes a huge difference for children. Schools are so busy that children do not get enough practice to really learn these important lessons.

Have a great day reading with your child, Mary Maisner

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