Because dyslexics struggle mightily with consonant blends and sequencing, this set of flashcards was designed to work on three skills at once - initial consonant blends, short vowel practice, and sequencing of blends versus non-blends. Key to instruction is teaching blends as two or three consonant sounds put together with no vowel sounds in between. Consonant sounds by themselves carry very little volume. It is the vowel sounds that give oomph to words. Thus, when you say "br" loudly, you have inserted the R-controlled vowel in between - i.e. "bER." This is fine when stating the blend by itself, but how many of your students have difficulty figuring out new words when consonant blends are present - saying "bER-ack-ish" over and over, not knowing how to let go of the vowel sound in "bER" to smoothly blend into "brackish?"
This set of drills teaches students to use consonant blends smoothly to form new words and to practice the ability to recognize the difference between a consonant blend and a word with a real vowel in between: "bl" versus "bal"/ "black" versus "balance" for example. Thus this practice helps the student learn consonant blends, to smoothly transition usage into real word examples, and to distinguish blends from non-blends - all while cementing his or her use of short vowel sounds.
- 21 consonant blend cards
- 20 cards per each blend - blend + short vowel/ real word example, split blend + short vowel/ real word example
- Mastery check-off sheet
It is easy to turn boring into fun by making a game or challenge of it! Once students have gone over one blend set (twenty cards per each blend) and have good mastery, I challenge them to go through the whole set without making a mistake for 20 points - one point for each card - and call it "The Blend Game."