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Phonics is the 2nd step in the reading process. After children have developed Phonological Awareness, they are ready
to connect that oral language skill to the written symbols - our alphabet - that make up words.|
Look at any number of phonics programs and you will see there is no official order in which children are taught to read.
Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading, a popular phonics program written by The Well Trained Mind folks, begin kids with -at, -am, and -an words all in the same first lesson.
Phonics Pathways, on the other hand, jumps right in with transitioning from 2-letter sound combinations to reading lists of words, such as sat, set, sip, sob, and sun.
For yet another approach, Hooked on Phonics, introduces word families by immediately comparing and contrasting short-a and short-i words, such as -at, -ag, and -ig.
While there is no single agreed upon approach to what words you should teach a new reader first, we do know some basic ideas about the reading process.
So What Word Families Should You Teach First?Based on the most common word families that exist in the English language, you can pick and choose from the following list:
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February 16, 2020