Step Five to Reading - Word Decoding

When Blending and Segmenting are Mastered, it's Time to Decode Words

word decoding

Decoding is the child’s ability to use their skill of letter/sound connections and proficiency in recognizing letter patterns to correctly vocalize written words. Understanding all these aspects gives children the capacity to identify familiar phrases quickly and to decode words that they have never have seen before.

Even though a few students may well have the ability to decode a number of letter/sound relationships by themselves, the majority of them require training. Our reading lessons guide beginning readers in learning these particular connections as well as the best ways to pronounce words and the ability to react properly to exceptions to the rules.

Be sure to use our checklist to find exactly where your child is at in reading, where any gaps may be and the right materials to use.

Words are the building blocks of sentences. Much of your pupil's reading frustrations will likely stem from the incapacity to read words. Your child will not likely be capable of reading through sentences if he cannot read words correctly. To read words properly, it's necessary to acquire good decoding abilities. Figuring out effective ways to decipher words first involves proficiency of phonemic awareness, the alphabetic principle (phonics), phoneme blending and phoneme segmenting.

In order to read words successfully, your child needs the knowledge of letter/sound affiliations. The novice reader requires a great deal of training decoding words to build self-confidence to increase their mastery before progressing forward.

The activities below were developed by specialists and will provide your student the challenge and practice needed to become very efficient at decoding and reading words and will make them equipped to proceed to Step 6: Reading Sentences.


Word Decoding Games Help Your Child Read Words with Phonetic Letter Sounds

ABC Magic Reading 1 word reading games

ABC MAGIC READING 1

Short Vowel Words

Your Child will learn how to blend, segment and read 3-letter, short vowel words

This exciting game app introduces your child to CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words, such as "cat", "box" and "rug". It reinforces letter sound knowledge and helps children learn the essential reading skill of segmenting.

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word reading ABC Magic Reading 1 app

ABC MAGIC READING 2

Consonant Blends

This app focuses on consonant blends-CVCC (consonant-vowel-consonant-consonant) and CCVC (consonant-consonant-vowel-consonant) words, such as "land", "jump" and "nest". It also reinforces letter sound knowledge and helps children learn the essential reading skill of segmenting.

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Word Reading Booklets

3-Letter Phonetic Word Cards

When your child has mastered of the first 26 basic letter sounds of the alphabet, it's time to learn how to string them together to make words. Our cards are specially designed so students will say the letter sounds of each word before seeing the matching pictures. This reinforces word sound mastery before associating a word with in image.

The sets are organized into vowel groups to help your child practice with each of the vowels. You can mix the card sets up later for variety. Careful attention has been used to insure that only phonetic words and the most commonly occurring sound of each letter are used. At this stage of reading development we don't want to introduce advanced phonics.

read words - 3-letter phonetic word Cards
Short 'a' Words, 12 3-Letter Word Cards
$3.95

Short 'e' Words, 12 3-Letter Word Cards
$3.95

Short 'i' Words, 12 3-Letter Word Cards
$3.95

Short 'o' Words, 12 3-Letter Word Cards
$3.95

Short 'u' Words, 12 3-Letter Word Cards
$3.95

Short 'u' Words with Double Consonant Endings, 12 3-Letter Word Cards
$3.95

***Short Vowel Words, All 6 Sets, 60 3-Letter Word Cards - $14.95***

4-Letter Phonetic Word Cards with Consonant Blends

4-Letter Phonetic Word Cards with Consonant Blends

These consonant blend lesson cards are the next step to building a strong foundation for reading. They were designed similar to the sets above and include carefully selected words to help your child master this phase in word reading. It's important that no advanced phonics are used at this stage beyond the skill of consonant blending. These sets are organized into fun categories to add interest and enjoyment. There are seven sets of cards each matching a different theme.

Contrary to what many believe, children do not need to practice reading a list made up exclusively of one consonant blend such as "pl" in words like "plan", "plot" and "plod" or a list of "st" words like, "stop", "stun", and "stub". It's much easier to practice only the skill of blending consonants and skip list reading. blending consonants is a skill that translates to all lists. Special practice with blending and segmenting will make the job of consonant blending even easier.

Action Words
15 4-Letter Word Cards - $3.95

Outdoor Activities
15 4-Letter Word Cards - $3.95

Things at Home
15 4-Letter Word Cards - $3.95

Animals
15 4-Letter Word Cards - $3.95

People and Activities
15 4-Letter Word Cards - $3.95

Objects
15 4-Letter Word Cards - $3.95

Work Related
15 4-Letter Word Cards - $3.95

***All 7 Sets, 108 4-Letter Word Cards - $22.95***

Phonetic Word Cards With Two Consonant Blends

Words Reading, 15 Phonetic Word Cards With Two Consonant Blends

This is a small step up for your child from the 4-letter word blends. Having successfully mastered reading words with consonant blends, your child can now practice reading words that have a consonant blend at the beginning and end of the word.

15 Cards - $3.95

Phonetic Word Cards With Triple Consonant Blends

Words Reading, 15 Phonetic Word Cards With Triple Consonant Blends

This is another step for your child from the 4-letter word blends. Having successfully mastered reading words with regular and two consonant blends, your child can now practice reading words that have triple consonant blends.

15 Cards - $3.95

Multiple Syllable Word Cards

Words Reading Animals, Multiple Syllable Word Cards

This set includes a mixture of words with multiple syllables and words with double or triple consonant blends. All of these words are five letters or longer and give your child practice with reading words that have more than one syllable.

There are nine categories of words to delight and interest your child while they practice reading longer phonetic words. Chose individual sets or all 9 at a discount!

Animals 1 - 10 Cards - $3.95

Animals 2 - 10 Cards - $3.95

Food - 12 Cards - $3.95

Outdoor Activities - 10 Cards - $3.95

Home - 12 Cards - $3.95

Tools and Equipment - 12 Cards - $3.95

People - 10 Cards - $3.95

Plants - 12 Cards - $3.95

On the Go - 12 Cards - $3.95

***All 9 Sets - 114 Cards - $24.95***

Silent Final 'e' Flip Books and Word Cards

Words Reading, 14 Words Silent Final e Flip Book

Silent Final "e" Flip Books

These are specially designed booklets that help demonstrate the role of silent final 'e' and the magic it can do to words to make the vowel say its long sound or name. These booklets have word couplets that illustrate the role of silent final 'e'. Your child can flip back and forth to see how the silent final 'e' magically changes the word's' short and long vowel pair such as "cub"/"cube" to help illustrate this principle.

Silent Final "e" Word Cards

These cards are designed with a word on the outside and a picture on the inside to discourage picture guessing before the word is correctly pronounced. After reading the word, the child can check his own work.

The sets are organized into vowel categories to help your child practice the silent final 'e' rule for each vowel. After your child can read them well by vowel, you can mix them up to provide another level of challenge and interest. Choose sets below or buy all seven for a discount!

Silent Final 'e' - Set 1 - 14 Cards - $3.95

Silent Final 'e' - Set 2 - 14 Cards - $3.95

Silent Final 'e', Long 'a' - 14 Cards - $3.95

Silent Final 'e', Long 'i' - 14 Cards - $3.95

Silent Final 'e', Long 'o' - 14 Cards - $3.95

Silent Final 'e', Long 'u' - 14 Cards - $3.95

Silent Final e, Mixed Long Vowels and Consonant Blends - 14 Cards - $5.95

***All 7 Sets - 100 Cards - $24.95***

Phonogram Word Cards

Phonogram Word Cards

English is 97% phonetic including the special rules and exceptions. These word booklets help give your child practice with most all of the special phonograms that are needed to master the English Language. These lessons are designed correctly to isolate the single phonogram sound and avoid confusion. For example in practicing 'sh' words like 'ship', 'shop', and 'fish' are best. However, using words like 'shark', 'sheep' and 'shiny' are poor words to practice with because they include the additional phonogram sounds 'ar', 'ee' and 'y'.

3.95 each. Each set includes 4 booklets, 12 words each and complete instructions for assembly and use.

Set 1 - sh, ng, ck, ee

Set 2 - ch, th, ai, oa

Set 3 - ow, ow, er, ay

Set 4 - aw, ar, ea, ea

Set 5 - oo, oo, oi, ur

Set 6 - or, ir, oy, ou

Set 7 - ce/ci, ge/gi, qu, wh

Set 8 - ed, ed, ed, ew

Set 9 - y, y, ey, ey

Set 10 - ie, ie, i, o

Set 11 - igh, tch, dge, ear
$3.95

Set 12 - eigh, wor, oe, au
$3.95

Set 13 - gn, kn, wr, ph, ui, ci, si, ti

***All 13 Sets - 56 booklets - Over 550 Phonogram Words - $34.95***