Learning Consonant Blends Can Be Fun!

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Helping children to learn letter sounds and in particular, consonant blends, doesn't have to be boring. Here is a suggestion from Sara, an enthusiastic and creative university student who works with children who struggle to read:

Here’s a fun activity you can make at home to help children in identifying CH, CK, SH, TH and WH words! On a piece of paper or bristol board draw five fun shapes and write one letter combination in each shape. (An example board is shown in figure 1, below.) Next, create “playing cards” from paper by drawing or printing off several pictures of words that contain one of these letter combinations. Write the word below the picture with the combination letters missing. (Example cards can be seen in figure 2, below.) Time your child to see how quickly they can sort the cards into the proper categories by identifying the missing letters and placing them in the right spot on the board.

Tip: To make this game more active, place the cards at one end of the room and the board at the other! They can race to bring one card at a time from one side of the room to place it on the board at the other side of the room. Keep track of their time, and see if they can beat it on their next try!

Figure 1 (the board)

Figure 2 (the cards)

Here are some word suggestions to get you started…

CH CK SH TH WH

Chin

Chips

Chick

Cheese

Chest

Bench

Check

Lock

Crack

Clock

Tack

Sock

Brush

Shoe

Shop

Cash

Fish

Ship

 

Teeth

Bath

Cloth

Path

White

Whale

Whip

When

Wheel

 HAVE FUN!

 

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