Changing “Hen to Fox,” “Hike to Chase” & Struggle to Success!
In the last post, we looked at some activities to build words that tutors can use with learners who need some help with letters, sounds, sound patterns and how they go together to make words. In this post, we’ll look at another activity that teaches these building blocks of words: “Changing Hen to Fox”. This activity comes from Patricia Cunningham’s 2005 book, Phonics They Use: Words for Reading and Writing, 4th Edition. In this activity, the tutor introduces a small number o
Under construction: Some building blocks of reading
Emergent readers and struggling readers often need some practice with the building blocks of language–letters, the sounds they make when we put them together in print, and the words they make. While the larger goal of reading is comprehension, readers need to know how to work with letters, sounds and words so that they can construct meaning as they read. Where do you start when you are tutoring a young reader struggling with letters and sounds? Our instincts often suggest tha