Looking for a way to reinforce those tricky beginning blends? Try these free clip cards!
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So… are you teaching someone to read?
How’s it going with those CVC words?
By “CVC” I mean consonant-vowel-consonant. Words like cat, sit, and hop. We usually start reading instruction with these simple words. After children have mastered them, it’s time for the next step: beginning blends.
For many children, substituting a blend for that first consonant makes the reading much trickier.
To help tackle those tricky blends, I’ve created a set of beginning blend clip cards that focus on the following letter combinations:
- br, cr, dr, tr, gr, fr, pr
- cl, gl, fl, bl, pl
- sc, sk, tw
But I didn’t want these to be too easy. If I made the choices for the above card, crab, a choice between three different blends – it would be almost like an exercise in beginning sounds. For example, it wouldn’ t be hard to pick “cr” from cr, tr, and pr.
So I made them tougher.
I always kept that single letter on the cards so that your child will have to determine whether or not the word begins with a blend. Because some of the cards don’t begin with a blend.
In fact, for the first few cards my Four always went for that single letter. I had to help him see that we needed to check if a second letter was close behind.
My Four knows his letters sounds without even having to think about them. He breezed right through my beginning sound clip cards. But these blend cards were quite challenging. Here are some ways I helped him determine the answer:
- I read all the choices to him after he named the picture.
“What’s the picture?”
“Okay, so we have /gr/, /gl/, and /g/. Which sound starts the word GLue?” (I emphasized that beginning blend.)
*P.S. Whenever I have letters between forward slashes (as in /gr/), I am referring to the phonetic sound of the letters, not the letter names.
- We made words with each of the choices to see which sounded right.
“Let’s try saying glue with different beginnings. Gr… that would make it say grue. Gl… that makes it say glue. And plain old g makes it say goo. Which one is right?”
I’ll be honest – this wasn’t easy! And after doing a smallish stack, my little guy had had enough. I think we need to take a step back and focus more on playing with those beginning blends. I’m thinking about another printable that would be a first step… so stay tuned!
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