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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