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More Ways That Vowels Can Be Long

Vowels can be long with the Silent e pattern, Vowel Teams, Open Syllables, and Tricky Y. Two more important long vowel patterns to learn are: i and o can be long when followed by two consonants, and open syllables in

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Blends and Blending

Two (or more) consonants may blend together with each sound heard in the blend. Blends are often introduced after learning about short vowels, so it’s a good idea to begin practicing with blends that have short vowels. Blends with other

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The 44 Sounds of English

One of the reasons that English is challenging to learn to read is that 26 letters make 44 sounds! This means that sometimes letters combine to make sounds (watch the video 72 Phonograms, and get printable flashcards at printandpractice.com) In

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The ABCs of Games For Reading

The ABCs of Games for Reading When it comes to hands-on games to practice reading skills, a good mix includes Active Games, Board Games, and Card Games. (For free online games for phonics, check out this Symbaloo.) This post contains

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Incentives for Reading

The statistics below paint a graphic picture of the importance of literacy. Two thirds of students who can’t read proficiently by the end of 4th grade end up in jail or on welfare…and 37% of fourth graders cannot read at

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Letters With More Than One Sound

When the same letters make more than one sound, you really know that English is Weird. CONSONANTS The letters C and G can make hard or soft sounds. C is hard before A, O & U. With the others, a

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10 Steps to Reading

Explore 10 ways you can develop reading skills. Download the 10 Steps to Reading Handout (pdf) with these tips which include my favorite free online resources. Credits for illustrations: quite a few are from artist Mark A Hicks who contributed to Discovery Education

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