I shared free printable flashcards on this blog through MediaFire. Many people have printed them. Every Friday I've been posting about teaching with these flashcards. Some high frequency words follow phonics rules and some don't. I think children should be taught to match letter sounds and adjust some sounds when teaching a child high frequency words. I'm not an advocate of teaching words by shape or sight. Sight word learning comes after learning to read a word and repeated exposure to a word.My thinking about sight word learning has changed over time. My daughter began having problems with reading after learning to read many words by sight only. She looked in the air instead of at a word when she got stuck on a word in a story. As soon as I showed her to use letter sounds and blend those sounds together when reading, her reading improved dramatically. We used Phonics Pathways and
Reading Pathways to practice blending sounds outside of books. She got frustrated and angry when reading books. She was used to guessing at words, knowing words by sight, and using picture clues without using letter sounds in books. When I helped her with books, it was all mom's fault she couldn't read. She'd roll and the floor and yell, "I know how to read, Mom! Leave me alone." She was a good reader in emergent reader books, but she couldn't read the harder books without being able to sound out words.
Now you know why I'm not an advocate for sight word learning only. I do think some sight word learning is okay. I compare sight words to training wheels on a bike. It gives an emergent reader a way to read before being able to sound out all words. Try teaching a child to use letter sounds and patterns to read high frequency words. I remember a study somewhere that concluded children learn words much faster by sounding them out than by sight word learning. Plus it gets them ready for the real reading that is necessary outside of emergent reader books.
This post is a follow-up to my previous post, Help a Child Learn High Frequency Words with Related Phonics Rules.
Most Words with a Long A Sound at the End Are Spelled with AY
Wa Together at the Beginning of a Word -
Words that start with wa make the a sound like a short o. (walk, want, watch, water)
The Long U Sound of O at the End of a Word
OW and OU Sounds
Schwa Sound - Find a post about teaching the schwa sound here. Look for this picture in the middle of the post. All vowels make the schwa sound in some words. It's a very common sound. It sounds like a short u. I teach kids to think of the schwa sound like the "uh" sound some people make when they are thinking.