Sounding out words can be a challenging activity for beginning readers. It is therefore important they are provided with plenty of practice. Playing spelling games and playing with phonogram cards and magnets helps students sound out new words.
Level 5 Blending Sounds
Once students know the most common sounds made by each letter of the alphabet, they can practice blending sounds at the beginning and end of words. Some students do not need specific practice though, finding they can skip this level.
Level 6 Sounds & Syllables
Some letters of the alphabet make more than one sound. All of the vowels (a e i o u) and four of the consonants (c g s y) make more than one sound. As vowels may say their names at the end of syllables, students start learning about syllables at this level.
Level 7 The Power of e
The letter e is very powerful, when used at the end of words. While it is usually silent at the end of a word, it makes a lot of noise by bossing vowels, making them say their names. It also has other jobs to do as it sits quietly, pretending to mind its own business.