Today we will learn: Nothing. It’s all review. We’ll review everything, and then read some sentences, followed by a story.
Materials you will need: All the letters in the alphabet. It’s not a bad idea to have multiple alphabets.
You can practice building three letter words here
You can practice reading three letter words here
The lesson: We’re going to review everything. The review should go pretty smoothly. It doesn’t mean your reader will be perfect, but they shouldn’t have too much difficulty. If they do you need to locate the difficulty, and go back to the lesson that focuses on that skill. Today we’re also putting everything together in the form of reading sentences and a short story. Your child has never read a sentence before let alone a story, so this could be tiring for them. So my suggestion is to make sure this doesn’t take more than an hour. You may want to break this down into two sessions if you think it’ll take more than 45 minutes. If the review doesn’t go smoothly today (sometimes they have off days), then do the sentences and the story tomorrow. Don’t rush it, just to finish at the arbitrary 15 day deadline.
Soooo, here we go. Review the 26 phonics sounds that we’ve been doing over the last two weeks. Do it anyway you want, but I’d suggest either doing it quickly, or doing it in a way where they are moving around.
Now let’s have them build some words. At this point they can make and read a lot of different words, because we’re going to do sentences today they don’t need to do all of them. If I were to time this out I’d have them spend about 5 minutes reviewing the letter sounds (no more than 10 and that’s only if they are moving around while doing it), then 10 minutes building words, 20 minutes tops. That means you want to pick between 15-30 words, depending on how fast your kid is. Speed does not matter right now. As long as they do 15 words without much of a problem that’s enough. You just want to make sure they can do the skill. You can do only the words we’ve done before, or feel free to make up your own. I recommend doing two rounds. The first round should put all words that end with the same word endings together, and the second round should have all the words mixed up. We want them to recognize word endings, but we still want them to recognize individual sounds.
After that I recommend spending the next 10 minutes ( no more than 20) reading words. Again you’ll do 15-30 depending on speed (which is meaningless right now, we only care about skill). I recommend doing two rounds again. The first round will have words with the same word ending together. In the second everything should be mixed up, and you can add words to either round.
Now….you should take a break. Take 3-5 minutes to do something that doesn’t require any thought. This could be watching a video or singing a song. Something that your kid will enjoy that has nothing to do with reading.
After that, and assuming that the review has gone reasonably well, let’s read some short sentences.
You will want to write down or build the sentences ahead of time. You can also find them on this website here (they even have nice pictures). Just ask your reader to read the sentences. If they struggle with something help them sound it out, don’t just give them the answer. You can use the same techniques we’ve been using for the past two weeks. What’s this word? what sound does it start with? what sound does this letter make?
Now that you’ve done that gauge where your child is. If that was a struggle, call it a day and do it again tomorrow. If they’re ready for a little more I have a story for them. In fact, it’s the reason we learned those sight words. You can find it here.
After you’ve read the sentences and the story, you’re done! You’ve made it through the 15 days and by now your child is well on their way to reading. I’m currently writing the next series which will take them through word endings. What should you do in the meantime? Practice. You can take this day and just keep practicing making three letter words, and reading three letter words, and reading sentences. We’ll write some more stories for this level too, so they can also practice with that.
I hope you enjoyed this, and I hope your child has learned a lot. Take the next two weeks to practice making three letter words or cvc (consonant vowel consonant) words. It doesn’t have to be as intense, but you don’t want them to forget anything. See you for the next series, which will focus on word endings and cvc words.