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

 If your child has trouble knowing b from d, please consider my Panda book, seen at my website: http://www.zoomreadingstrategy.com Getting a slow start knowing b from d will harm your child; take the word of a tutor. (For your 1st Grade or 2nd Grade child, look at the Giraffe book.   
Getting a smart start makes a huge difference for children. Schools are busy and distracting. 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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