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What are word endings?
Words endings come in many forms, for the sake of this article they are vowel and consonant combinations that come together to make a sound. The sounds of the letters do not change, it’s just a way to say the sounds faster. Some common word endings are ip, at, an, on, ig, in, ack, ock, ilk, end, and ing. Their purpose is not to create a new sound, but to create a faster way to read the individual sounds of letters that are often used in combination.
Why should kids learn word endings?
In a word, expediency, and simply because it makes their lives easier. It’s the same concept as consonant blends. It allows kids to shorten their reading sounds by combining the words, thus cutting reading time significantly. For example the word silk has four letters. A child can sound it out one letter sound at a time s-i-l-k, or they can use a word ending and only have to say two sounds s-ilk. It’s much easier when using word endings. When combined with consonant blends the difference is even more profound. Take the word black. It can be b-l-a-c-k or bl-ack.
When should kids learn them?
As usual, there isn’t a clear cut answer for this, but I like to break up word endings into two different groups, two and three letter word endings. While a child can learn both at the same time, it is my recommendation that they focus on the two letter word endings and three letter words (pink box words if you’re a Montessori family) first.
The three letter words endings are associated with longer four and five letter words. So I recommend that your child learns them after they are familiar with three letter words (CVC words). My recommended order is, the basic 26 alphabet letter sounds, two letter word endings, three letter words, consonant blends and three letter word endings, and finally four letter words. A lot of these early skills overlap, so it’s ok if a student doesn’t do it in that order, as long as they learn all of the skills.
How to use this site to learn word endings?
This site contains two sets of word endings; two letter and three letter word endings. Your child can first learn the sounds of two letter word endings, then move on to making and reading words with those endings, and then do the same for three letter word endings. They may want to practice building and reading three letter words in between the two word ending groups, and they may want to practice building and reading words with four or more letters after completing all of the word endings.