We always find that students who are taught phonics at an early age,
later in life, have very strong spelling skills. Phonics is basically a system that helps students learn the relationship between sounds and the letters that create those sounds. The main focus is usually on common sound-spelling related words. As students progress they are taught how to decode or breakdown words which also helps them build words of their own. One of the fundamental approaches to being a solid reader and having that skill lead to a great base of comprehension is understanding these sound relationships in words. The worksheet topics below will help students learn distinct phonics skills.
Add and Delete Phonemes - These units of sound can transform an entire word. We demonstrate this by slapping them on and removing them along the way.
Beginning Sounds - These are found at the front of the words and are the first thing you hear in the word.
Blends - Get those sounds to role together to give off a unique tone. You will learn how to master this as you get used to it.
Consonances - This is a literary device that focuses on the use of repetition and use of duplicate consonants.
Consonant Blends - These two and three letter pairs result in a unique mood and tone.
CVC Words - These words follow a consonant, vowel, consonant pattern. Common examples include: dog, hat, men, and sat.
CVCe (Silent e) - These words make the vowel say its name. Knowing when to apply this is helpful as you build on your reading skills.
CVVC Words - We step it up by jamming another consonant in there. These make the words a little more difficult for the students to pronunciate.
Decoding Multisyllable Words - We help you investigate a systematic approach to this. You will see a dramatic improvement in your abilities.
Decoding Strategies - Commonly we see five different strategies, but I have literally seen over two dozen techniques used in a decade and half of teaching.
Diagraphs - Two letters that when paired together give off a unique tone.
Diphthongs - These gliding vowels work together to give off a distinctive noise that is easy to hear.
Dividing Syllables - We show you how to break these up and make a high level of sense for yourself.
Hard C - This gives off a (kuh) sound like that found in: cat and cake.
Hard G - This gives off a (guh) tone as you find in the words: girl and goat.
Long Vowel Sounds - These are easy you just say the name of the letter and is the tone it gives off.
Long vs. Short Vowels - We start by comparing words and move on how to recognize this when you across a new word.
Minimal Pairs - These are words that differ only by an individual sound.
Phoneme Isolation - This is all about discovering sounds present in a word and locating them.
Phoneme Segmenting - The goal here is to break everything up into each accent that you hear.
Phonetic Spelling - We discuss this technique and give you plenty of practice in using it.
Pronunciation - We explore how to say a series of different vocabulary words that are grade appropriate for students.
R Controlled Vowels - This change in intonation happens when the letter (r) trails a vowel that has been placed.
Reading Readiness - We give you a series of techniques to prepare your students, but also help you gauge where they are at with it.
Rhyming - We see which words can give us the same sound.
Same Sounds - This can occur at the word level, but the focus here is on sentence and multi-sentence levels.
Soft C - This makes a (suh) sound. This is present in words like cement, circus, and celery.
Soft G - This results in the (juh) tone. You will find this in the words gel, age, and bridge.
Syllables - We encourage you to use the clap technique and say the words aloud until you get comfortable.
Variant Vowels - This is when a series of letters produce a singular vowel tone.
Word Families - They all share a universal form or feature. They are easy to recognize once you get some training under your belt.
Word Ladders - These build right off of the previous worksheet topic. This is a really fun activity for students.