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All You Need to Know About R- Controlled Syllables (aka BOSSY R Syllables or R-Controlled Vowels)

R-controlled syllables is one of the six syllable types that we can find in the English language. In this blog  we have already covered open and closed syllables and silent e syllables, also called “magic e” or “bossy e” syllables. If interested, you can check our articles and videos about these other syllable types here […]

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The Ultimate Guide on Consonant Blends: What are Consonant Blends? How are They Different to Digraphs? How to TEACH them? (or NOT to Teach Them??)

For a long time I have torn on the topic of how to teach consonant blends to kids… Should we teach our children these consonant blends or not? I have researched a lot on this particular topic, and have read arguments both in favour and against teaching consonant blends. It is really difficult to make […]

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Amazing Phonics Games and Activities You Need to Try Out- AT Home OR CLASSROOM Setting!

Are you looking for phonics activities and games? Then, you are on the right place! In this post I will share with you an array of powerful phonics games and activities to will help your children or students learn to read following the phonics approach. Hold your breath, because we are going to cover a […]

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Will BOB Books Help Your Beginner Reader? What To Expect EXACTLY? A detailed Review!

If you are looking for beginner readers books sets, then this article is  for you! Because we are going to see together an incredibly popular beginner readers’ book set: BOB BOOKS (set 1). BOB BOOKS could probably be one of the most popular (if not the most!) decodable readers sets out there. But you might […]

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101 Guide on English Phonemes: The 44 Phonemes with Examples + ALL Possible Spellings + Correct Pronunciation!!

In today’s article we are going to go through the 44 English phonemes. But, let’s clarify some KEY concepts before getting started. What are Phonemes? How are they different from graphemes? Phonemes are the smallest units of sounds that we can find in a language. For instance: /m/ /a/ /t/ are the 3 phonemes we […]

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Understand PHONICS Once and For All – What EXACTLY is the Phonics Approach?

If your child is learning to read, or about to learn to read, you may have heard of the term ‘Phonics’, and how this system is widely used for teaching reading. But, do you know EXACTLY what Phonics is? Do you know what Phonics instruction involves? Do you know the different types of Phonics approaches […]

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Phonemic Awareness VS Phonological Awareness – Why SHOULD You Care to Understand the Difference?

Today we are going to be looking at Phonemic Awareness vs. Phonological Awareness. You may have heard that these two skills are very important for preparing your child for reading instruction. But,  what do these terms mean? They sometimes are used and referred to as if they were the same… But… Are they REALLY the […]

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Open and Closed Syllables 101 – How to Master Open vs Closed Syllables?

Open and closed syllables are 2 of the most frequent syllable types that occur in English. In this article you will learn what the differences between these 2 syllable types are, and why it is even important to know about this distinction when we are learning to read. What is a closed syllable? A closed […]

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The Best Decodable Books – Your Go-To List of Decodable Readers!

On the surface, decodable books look very much like those levelled readers typically used in the classroom: Simple stories, short sentences and pictures… Except for a BIG difference… While levelled readers are all about predictable text, decodable books contain highly phonetically-decodable text! *Affiliate Disclosure: Some links lead to Amazon marketplace. As an Amazon associate, I […]

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How to help struggling readers at home – 12 Important Questions to Reflect on!

In this post, we are going to cover a sensitive topic: how to help struggling readers at home. I am actually going to ask you to reflect on a few questions you should ask yourself before putting the label ‘struggling reader’ to your child. This is because in the answer to these questions, you may […]