Teach Phonemic Awareness without Teaching Phonics

Teach Phonemic Awareness without Teaching Phonics

FAQ: How do I teach phonemic awareness (sounds), without teaching phonics (the letters that make those sounds)? Answer: Reading research shows that the method most of us learned to read (i.e., solely using phonics) is handicapping students. When students learn that a...
Build Sound & Letter Knowledge within Small Groups

Build Sound & Letter Knowledge within Small Groups

It’s common that students in the Pre-A/Emergent and Early/Beginning reader stages are still firming up their letter and sound knowledge while learning to read words. Consequently, teachers should incorporate specific activities to target these skills within...
Track Words While Reading

Track Words While Reading

It’s not uncommon for young readers to need help following the words in a book from left to right without losing their spot. Their eyes have to be trained to hold onto a single line of text. This takes practice. To aid students, teachers often provide them with...
Build Phonics Skills with Word-Maker Cups

Build Phonics Skills with Word-Maker Cups

Throw away those construction paper sliders, primary teachers! Instead, try word-maker cups. Stack two large Styrofoam coffee cups so their lips fit together and can be rotated. The lip of one cup contains the beginning consonant blends, and the lip of the other cup...