For many students, without direct, explicit instruction of vowel diphthongs such as "ow (cow)," there will be a breakdown each time a word is read that includes a diphthong. Why? Well, students many know that vowel teams, two vowels next to each other make the long sound of the first vowel. Diphthongs differ because they are two vowels together, or side-by-side, but the sound made is unique. Basically, the two vowel sounds are not heard, but a distinctly different on. So, it is easy to understand how struggling readers might falter when decoding or reading words with diphthongs.
Vowel Diphthongs are two vowels, side-by-side, that make their own unique sound. When coding syllables with diphthongs, circle the diphthong and write DT under the syllable.
Long term memory
Students will develop a stronger vocabulary using a multisensory approach to word meaning. Students require review and repetition to internalize the sound of ow.
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M.S., M.A., OG-TT (IMSLEC); CDT
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