Phonics

How to Teach Trick Words and Decodable Words
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How to Teach Trick Words and Decodable Words

How can I help my students understand the difference between trick words and decodable words? ***Updated 2024 to adhere to current research related to the Science of Reading*** After learning the letter names and sounds in isolation, emergent readers begin to use the alphabetic principle to decode closed syllable words (i.e. words that follow the…

The Magic of Decodable Texts
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The Magic of Decodable Texts

  Decodable Texts are a Necessary Tool  What’s so magical about decodable texts? Supporting systematic phonics instruction with decodable texts provides the opportunity for children to truly read with independence.  After students are taught a specific phonics concept, they must then apply this learning to connected text.  Students need to know that the code they…

What is a Vowel-Consonant-e Syllable and Why is It Important?
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What is a Vowel-Consonant-e Syllable and Why is It Important?

The vowel-consonant-e syllable is also known as a silent-e syllable or a magic-e syllable. It is important because it is one of six syllable types. As we have discussed in previous posts, every syllable must have at least one vowel. This particular syllable type has two vowels and follows the pattern, vowel-consonant-e. The two vowels…