Early 3 R's: How to Lead Beginners into Reading, Writing, and Arithme-Talk

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Use Child-Selected
Words for Teaching
More Phonics
Overview
These are the topics you will meet in this chapter:
∙ Letter-Sound Relationships of Initial Consonants
∙ Consonant and Vowel Considerations
∙ Phonics in Early Writing and Spelling
∙ Combining Context With Phonics

LETTER-SOUND RELATIONSHIPS
OF INITIAL CONSONANTS

Your early readers took their first steps into phonics by learning the letter-sound relationships of M as in Mommy, c as in called, and the initial letters of their names and yours. Now you can use the additional words they requested to teach them more letter-sound relationships. The initial letters of self-selected words are a child's best reference points for further steps into phonics.

Consider the child named Linda (from the dogbite story in the preceding chapter). Among the words she requested, in addition to Rover and jumps, were bit, Fido, teeth, and Grandma. Let's list those words, and see what additional letter-sound relationships you could teach from the initial consonant in each of them.

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