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Combination Sounds, Digraphs and Bossy E

In addition to learning combination sounds quickly parents can help improve relationships & children's attitude to reading by using games.

This game produces fantastic results in just 2 minutes a day.

Level 3:

The following combination letter sheets are some of the most commonly used digraphs.

There's no definite order to teach sounds. But for best results ensure your child knows all lower case single sounds before beginning combination sounds: digraphs.

​Th, sh, ch, ck, ay and ng are commonly used so are good sounds to begin with.

 I'd introduce each of these sounds with another obviously different combination like er, ee, or, oo.

 

N.B.  'Th' can make two sounds: th as in thin and th as in this. (Listen for the difference.)

HINT:

When you present any letters ensure they're facing the child the right way up because children can't tell the difference between b, d & p, etc unless they're the right way up.)

You can copy the digraph sheets on your phone, download and print them, or if on a desktop you can click on the image, press save image option then print it. Then cut them along the lines and keep them together in two piles: Revision Sounds and New Sounds

 

If you're having difficulty with either you can log in to contact me for pdfs to be sent to you at your email address.

You will notice that sometimes there can be a number of ways to produce the same sound. For example 'ee' (as in street) 'ea' (as in clean) 'ey' (as in donkey) and 'e_e' (as in scene.)

I usually introduce capital letter recognition around the same time as I introduce bossy e (please refer to Bossy e below) which I do before before ie oi ue ou.

On the above sheet there are some shown as vowel-vowel: a_e, e_, i_e, o_e, u_e. (As in ate, scene, site, note, use, etc)

Only the vowels can use their proper names; that being 'a' (pronounced ay), 'e' (pronounced ee), 'i' (pronounced eye), 'o' (pronounced oh),  'u' (pronounced you.)

 

How to make it fun

 

Revise all known single sounds. Level 1. Lay out three known letters close to each other in a row, (each the correct way up for the child.)

Sit on the other side of the row facing my child ready to play The Phonics Game. It works like snap  (with 3 single cards) except cards remain on the table for the duration of the game.

 

1. Call out a revision sound (say z) and both players attempt to snap the sound before the other player.  Call out a different revision sound (say k) and both players attempt to snap the new sound before the other player.

2. Introduce a new beginning blend sound like ch. Look at the different features of it. Discuss that sometimes when two letters meet they can make a whole new sound. In this case c and h make ch when you put them next to each other.

 

3. Repeat the game above using different sounds. (Say z, ch, z, k, ch, z, z, ch, k, k, z, ch etc) getting faster. You might even change the letter positions to make them think.

 

4. The game continues until you're reasonably sure your child knows the three sounds involved.

Stop there.

The Story of Bossy 'e.'

 

If 'e' is at the end of a word it gets really bossy. It jumps over the letter/or letters, in front of it (consonants) to get to the vowels (a,e,i,o,u.) It shakes it's finger at them and tells them to use their proper names. Thus:

'a' says 'ay,' as in state, pane, face

'e' says 'ee,' as in scene, theme, eve

'i' says 'eye,' as in pile, mine, site,

'o' says 'oh' as in phone, rode, hole

and 'u' says 'you' as in mule, fuse, ute

Day 2

Repeat the entire one minute revision flick check of all known single sounds and one digraph  previously covered. (Continue to do this on a daily basis. It'll take you one to two minutes a day.)

 

6. If they remember all sounds and the new blend introduce another digraph (like 'er.' ) (Say for example: ch, er, k, er, er, ch, er, ch, k, ch, er, ch, etc.) If they're finding it particularly easy you can introduce a second blended sound as long as it is obviously different to the others.

7. You can repeat Step 5 and 6 over and over again over the following days and weeks, increasing the total number of blended sounds known.

HINT

Try to keep their success in perspective.

 

Because this is a very effective way of teaching children their sounds, it's easy to get carried away and want to keep adding more and more sounds before your child is ready. Please don't. Make sure they know each sound well (especially the blends) before you remove it from the snap pile to the revision pile.

So far we've learnt the easier and/or more frequently used digraphs. There are more complex digraphs in Level 4 to follow.

Go to the link below for more Phonics Fun

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