Wednesday, April 6, 2016

CVC Blending: From Choppy Seas to Smooth Sailing

Don't let you students chop their sounds, teach them to blend one sound into the next. Smooth sailing will get them farther.
I believe CVC words hold the key to early readers.  When students can blend the letters and sounds to make a word so many doors are opened in reading.  However, blending the sounds takes practice.
Don't let you students chop their sounds, teach them to blend one sound into the next. Smooth sailing will get them farther.
You know EXACTLY what I mean.  The students come to a word they don't know and they like choppy seas, chopping at each letter sound.  

/c/     /a/    /t/

The sounds are separated and disconnected.  When they do this, they often think the word starts with the t sound because that's the last sound they hear.  Don't let them chop their sounds, like choppy seas.
Don't let you students chop their sounds, teach them to blend one sound into the next. Smooth sailing will get them farther.
We have to teach them to be smooth operators and turn the choppy seas in to smooth sailing.  Instead of "sound it out," we have to teach our students to "slide and sound."  You see, "sound it out" is exactly what they are doing when they chop at the sounds.  They are reproducing individual and separated sounds.  They need practice blending the sounds...not making the sounds.
Don't let you students chop their sounds, teach them to blend one sound into the next. Smooth sailing will get them farther.
I had seen these cards on various sites and decided to try them.  I put the CVC word on the front with an arrow to show they should be sliding their sounds and dots to designate when they make the sound for the next letter.  They should slide it slowly, slide it quickly, and then turn it over to confirm their word.

The first video shows the sweetest kid in the whole world using the CVC sliders.  He had used the cvc sliders for a few days before this video.  We had practiced with short o words (in my opinion, they seem to be the easiest to decode).  Today I gave him a few other words.  He as so excited.  THEN, this happened.


Yep, the picture on the back didn't match the card. OOPS.  Here's one last video, just because I can't refuse it.
Yes, two of the videos are facing one way and one is facing the other.  I'll get better.

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