Learning to Read
Teaching Alphabet Sounds
Teaching How to Rhyme
Improving Short Term Memory
Putting Sounds Together
To, With and By
Phonics versus Whole Language
Components of Reading
Make Your Own Book
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Help Your Child Put Sounds Together to Make Words by Playing "Connect Three."
This game will help your child connect sounds to make words. This skill is used when he
sounds out new words.
How to Play:
- Tell your child, "I'm going to say three sounds. I want you to put the sounds together
and say a word. For example, I say c-a-t and you say cat. I say d-o-g and you say dog." This
is a little tricky on your part because you have to think of words that can be said in three
parts. Words such as me or go won't work. Longer words such as party can be par-t-y or p-art-y.
You might want to practice ahead of time to say words in three parts. I have trouble thinking
of words, so I usually look around the room for good ideas such as l-am-p or win-d-ow.
- Here's a list to get you started: begin with nouns-things that can be visualized and advance to words that don't create mental pictures.
Getting Back into Books and Real Stories
Since the goal is improving your child's reading skills, we need to get her into books. Choose
four words from a short reading selection (one page of a book) and say each word in three
parts to your child. Ask her to put the words together. Now help her find those words on the
page, and read them together. You are making a connection between the words she put together
and what they look like in print.
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