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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! In addition to that, there can be lots of exceptions, so the “rules” are more like guidelines. With a few exceptions,

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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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Learning the Alphabet

This is one section of a Phonics Kit that you can create. See the full post for more resources! The main focus of this section is on the consonants. One page Alphabet to color from colorthealphabet.com Letters to Color including

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Phonological and Phonemic Awareness

Hearing and manipulating the sounds in language are important skills for learning to read. Phonemic awareness and letter knowledge have been identified in several research studies as the two key indicators of how well children will master beginning reading skills

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