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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Flow of Reading

There is a progression of reading skills.  Students must master each skill before they take on a new one. As adults, we take for granted a lot of these skills. They come so naturally to us that we do not even think the these skills may be diffucult for children.  
Below you will see a flow chart that I have created to show the progression. 



The first 7 skills can be practiced orally.  A ride in the car or a walk around the neighborhood can be used to ask questions such as 
Rhyming 
"Do red and bed rhyme?" 
"What's a word that rhymes with dog?"
Alliteration 
"Does house and pig start with the same sound? "
"What is a word that starts the same as house?"
Syllables
"How many syllables are in your name?
Clap them out".  "
Onset /Rime
"What is the first sound you hear in cat?  (/C/) What's left in the word now?" (/at/)
Blending
"What am I saying (then say one sound at a time for a word) ? /s/ /u/ /n/
Manipulation
"Say pat.  What if the first sound was /s/?" (Sat)

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