If you teach a primary grade, you know that in order to learn to read, our students NEED to learn how to decode, and blend letter sounds together to make words. Reading is like an orchestra, with a bunch of factors working altogether, but it's pretty clear that if a student can't stretch out sounds and stick them together to form words, they aren't going to get very far. Blending sounds is a skill that our students will need to be explicitly taught. If we want them to be successful, we will also need to give them a LOT of opportunities to practice. Even if your students can say each letter sound, it's putting them TOGETHER to make a word that can be tricky for them. If a student sees the word « va » in their book, for example, and they say « vvvvvv, aaaaa », but then can't stick the sounds together and know that the word is « va », their decoding is not serving its purpose. As with any skill, practice makes progress... so you'll want to make sure you...
Has this ever happened to you? I LOVE TpT (obviously), and I LOVE buying resources from there and supporting fellow teachers. But, sometimes, I buy something, and I think I know what I'm doing with that resource, and then I stumble across a blog post or a social media post from the actual teacher-author and realize that I've been totally off base, and they are using it in a WAY better way. Sometimes, when we create resources, we think that the best way to use them is super obvious. But, of course, it's really only super obvious to the person who created it, haha! Have you ever experienced that? Since I started Club du primaire , my membership for French primary teachers, I've had this happen a few times. I post a video training on one of my resources, and everyone goes "Oh my gosh, I NEVER thought of using it like that!" OOPS! One such resource is my Phrases fantastiques resource (Not sure what I'm talking about? I posted about them l...