***Edited August 2015 to add in a bigger version of the flashcards.
Ever had a student who could NOT blend word families? You tried every common strategy, but nothing seemed to work. I created this reverse word family intervention for Tier 1 students or students with learning disabilities who struggle with blending beginning sounds with word families.
Why is my student struggling so much? Sometimes blending beginning sounds with word families is tricky because of the following:
bat --> “buh-at”
Notice how the b sound really has two sounds. For some kids, it’s difficult to remove the extra “uh” from the “b.” Unfortunately, most beginning sounds require the child to add on the short u, but then remove that sound during the blending process.
To bypass that, I tried to teach the beginning consonant and middle vowel as one sound, then tacking on the end sound. No "uh" required!
ba_ can be bad, bat, bag, bam, and so on.
I had a student who tried to decode CVC words without success until third grade. I tried this with him because nothing else seemed to work. It took a couple weeks of practice, but he is now confidently decoding CVC words. Once he got past this roadblock, he's been able to read short books-- something he's never done before!
This product comes with flash cards for each vowel. There are single consonant beginnings, but also blends and digraphs. See the preview for a better idea of what the flashcards look like. Each vowel also comes with sliders, which really help the child visualize the different words and decode them. I made sliders for the beginning-middle blends that use the most words. I included single consonant endings, but also blends and digraphs. For example, the ba_ slider has these endings: d, g, n, t, ck, sh to spell bad, bag, ban, bat, back, bash. The student learns the "ba" blend, then adds on the end sound. This method works better for some students over the traditional b-at, c-at, s-at method.
Once you student begins reading CVC words, you can give him/her these to practice:
The CVC Bundle
CVC Short A
CVC Short E
CVC Short I
CVC Short O
CVC Short U