Blending the sounds of a consonant and a vowel is the first step to reading words.
When there is one vowel in a word, it usually says its short sound.
Note: Sight words cannot be pronounced entirely by phonetic analysis. Children learn to recognize sight words such as the, I, and a.
When there are two vowels in a word, the first vowel says its long sound, and the second vowel is silent.
The A Beka Book phonics program contains 132 special sounds (often called phonics rules), such as those listed below:
A Beka Book offers complete day-by-day lesson plans for phonics and reading from K4 through grade 2. Listed below are teaching aids and readers for the six steps of phonics.
A Beka Book® has a Basic Phonics Sounds CD
to assist in teaching phonics.
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