How To Use this Site
This website is dedicated to helping kids learn how to read. I’m a strong believer in reading being fun and easy. Everything that you find here will help you teach your child to learn how to read.
Here are the reading skills that you will find on this website.
Resources on this Site
Letter Sounds and building phonetic words
The first step in learning how to read is learning the letter sounds. Reading is all about the sounds that the letters make, and it’s imperative that all reading learners have a strong foundation in this. I like to break the alphabet down into six groups of letters, so that learners only have to focus on a few alphabet sounds (or letter sounds) at a time. From there, they can start to make words with those few sounds, and very quickly they have already learned how to read small words. In order to learn how to read properly, it’s very important that your child takes the time to learn these skills very well. A strong foundation here will make reading much easier in the future.
You can find both the groups of letters and the small words that they can make here. Your child will first learn to read three letter words (pink box or cvc), followed by reading four letter words (blue box). Breaking the words down like this will help your child learn how to read in a way that is interesting and makes them feel successful.
After mastering small words your child will be ready to learn how to read by utilizing word endings. These are sounds like “ip” and “at”. They are sounds that appear at the end of many small words, and they are also found in the middle of many large multi- syllable words. The goal is for your child to learn how to read them as one sound, and not two separate sounds. This allows for reading efficiency, and it helps with blending sounds in order to form words. If your reader is already a master at the sounds that the letters make, and they are comfortable reading small phonetic three and four letter words, they can start with word endings here.
Consonant Blends and Digraphs
Next on your child’s reading journey is to lean how to read consonant blends and digraphs. These are simply two consonants that are put together and are often used at the beginning or end of a word. Some examples of these are “bl”, “cl”, and “th” Much like word endings the goal is for your child to learn how to read them as one sound. The most common consonant blends and digraphs can be found here.
Now it’s time for your reader to learn how to read and utilize phonograms with vowel sounds . This will be your readers first introduction to long vowel sounds. Since the goal of this site is strictly to help kids learn how to read, I don’t spend much time talking about long vowels versus short vowels. It’s all about the sounds. These sounds are critical, because they allow for the reading of much larger and more sophisticated words.
Vowel combos (vowel consonant vowel and magic e)
Finally, we’ll finish up with vowel combinations. These contain “vowel consonant vowel” or “magic e” combos. These exercises will get your reader well on their way to being able to read with ease. In the coming weeks, I will be adding phonographs and vowel combinations (magic e, vowel consonant vowel)
While these are some very key steps when it comes to guiding your child to learn how to read, there are some other important skills that they must learn. Most importantly they must learn sight words. While I don’t currently cover sight words on this site, I am currently building an app that will make the chore of learning sight words a little less boring. I’ll keep you updated on it’s progress. And I’m even more excited to announce that I am also working on a full game that will teach kids how to read. It will start at the pre-k level and go up to 5th grade. As with everything on this site, they will be free for you to use. I’ll keep you posted.