This is our last group of letter sounds. Make sure you do a review day before you start on this final group. You should always be reviewing on days that you introduce new alphabet sounds, but you should also have days where you do nothing but review and don’t introduce anything new. Throughout these six groups I’ve been giving you tips on how to do that. If you just happened to come across this post and haven’t read any of the others, I highly encourage you to go to group 1. It doesn’t really matter which order you teach the groups in…..with the exception of this one. This one should be taught last. That’s because it doesn’t have any vowels in it, and we will have to borrow letters from the other groups to make words. Therefore do any other groups in any order that you want, but this one should be last.
If you just finished group five then you may or may not have taken my suggestion of having a letter sound crazy day… or two. Whether you did or didn’t I want to talk to you about what to do after you finish this last group of sounds.
But, before I do that I want to talk about today’s words, since they are a little different from the other groups. It’s tough to make words out of these letters, so we are going to borrow the letters e, g and t. From there we will make the words vet, yet, and get. Notice that we aren’t using the sounds q and k. That means that you need to make sure that you thoroughly review those two sounds.
In just a second I’m going to go over what you should do in the days following teaching your child the six letter groups. You may choose to follow that or not. Either way you should create words using q and k after you finish this group. You can do nonsense words kat and kip for k . Q is a little trickier because you’ll have to use qu. Just explain to your child that q and u often appear together and they make the sound /qu/. Then I’d add the same word endings that you used for k, giving you the words, quat and quip.
Normally, I’d give you a quick overview of how to teach these letter sounds to your kid. But, this time I’m not going to because that’s how clear I want to make it that this should not be the letter group that you start with. So if you just came across this post by chance, then go to group 1, and start there.
After you’re done with all six groups, you should be very confident that your child truly knows all of the alphabet sounds. It’s okay if on occasion they make a mistake. If there’s a letter or two that they struggle with, then spend the next day focusing on them.
Once you know they have the alphabet down. I highly recommend that you do letter sound crazy day. I do a few of these in my 15 day series.
If you did the crazy day around group five, this will sound familiar. It’s going to go the same way. Keep in mind the next thing you’re going to teach your child (if you’re following me) is two letter word endings. This is a great time to reinforce letter sounds, mix up the words, and get a head start on word endings. I would recommend going over five or so word endings, and make as many words from them as you can. If this is the first day you’re having crazy letter sound day then make sure you keep all of the word endings together. It’ll make it easier for them, and they’ll really start to understand the concept of word endings, which leads to blending. After you’ve done this for a few days, you can start to put words with different word endings. Here are some word ending suggestions at, ip, ig, en, ag.
This is where you’ll really start to notice your kid reading, which is exciting for you and them. If you want my step by step instructions, which culminates in spelling and reading a bunch of three letter words, or cvc words, check it out. It takes me about 15 days to go through all this with a student, but it can take twice as long, so pace yourself. Let your child go at their own pace.
I hope this was helpful. Please let me know how this works for you.