FUN LEARNING GAMES
Complex Combination Sounds
You will notice that sometimes there can be a number of ways to produce a same sound. For example 'ee' (as in street) 'ea' (as in clean) 'ey' (as in donkey) and 'e_e' (as in scene.)
The following sounds, along with previous combinations are ideally known by the end of Kindergarten and the earlier they can identify all combination sounds they easier they will find reading.
Many complex combinations, will have already been encountered, and may have been picked up incidentally in routine words at school, such as rainy when discussing the weather, or in high frequency words such as boy.
The next lot of sounds are more difficult and are used less frequently so your child may benefit from them being taught in isolation and reinforced as they come up during their oral reading.
I found it's advisable to revise sound combinations and digraphs every fortnight or so.
I was surprised when assessing a Year 3 class at the beginning of the school year how many of them had forgotten their sound combinations during the Christmas holidays which greatly affects reading fluency and therefore their comprehension of what they've just read... And that is one of the major reasons for reading.
It usually takes less than two minutes to go through the lot once they're known.
How to make it fun
I begin by laying out three letters close to each other in a row, (each the correct way up for the child.)
I sit on the other side of the row facing my child ready to play The Phonics Game.
1. I call out a sound (say m) and both players attempt to snap the sound before the other player.
2. I call out a different sound (say d) and both players attempt to snap the new sound before the other player.
3. Repeat the process using different sounds. (say s, m, d, m, d, s, s, m, d, 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.
5. Then by removing the sound they appear to know best you can introduce a 'new' sound that ideally looks different to the others. For example t. And continue the game again.
6. You can repeat Step 5 over and over again over increasing the number of known sounds.
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