Free Printable Digraph Worksheets
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Free Printable Digraph Worksheets

Following the alphabet, initial phonics sounds and CVC words, digraphs are the next step of phonics instruction. However the concept of digraphs, especially if coupled with learning consonant blends can be tricky for young learners. We have a selection of free digraph worksheets for download and use below. Digraphs can be problematic for young learners…

Can A Schwa Be Stressed?
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Can A Schwa Be Stressed?

A schwa is a mid-central vowel sound, characteristic of a very relaxed vowel sound. You pronounce it like the first vowel sound in the English word /about/. How a schwa is produced, stressed or unstressed, depends on the language and the specific definition of the sound. A schwa is pronounced as a neutral, relaxed, and…

The Orton-Gillingham Order To Teach Letters
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The Orton-Gillingham Order To Teach Letters

As a speech therapist and teacher myself, I understand entirely and advocate the importance of teaching and facilitating reading skills. This skill paves the way for other literacy and learning abilities later in life.  The Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching reading describes a specific order for teaching letters and reading in general. The Orton-Gillingham order to…

Why Are R Controlled Vowel Sounds So Confusing For Students
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Why Are R Controlled Vowel Sounds So Confusing For Students

I’m sure many adults have forgotten all about these controlled syllables that they learned at school!  However, many children have difficulty learning and being able to grasp the concept of R-controlled vowels.  Why are these vowels so confusing for students? R-controlled vowel sounds are confusing to students because they sometimes read differently to what they…

Which Graphemes Should Be Taught First
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Which Graphemes Should Be Taught First

I am sure many parents are not always confident when they need to help their children learn and understand graphemes.  I always found it daunting to teach my children to spell when hearing a different sound!  So, which graphemes are taught first? Graphemes that should be taught first are the most common single-letter graphemes (t;…

Why to Use Kinesthetic Movement In The Classroom – 6 Ways to Uplevel Your Teaching
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Why to Use Kinesthetic Movement In The Classroom – 6 Ways to Uplevel Your Teaching

Incorporating kinesthetic movement in your classroom is an easy way to improve literacy outcomes before your child even realizes they’re learning. For years now research has shown that not every child learns the same way. However, still, in classrooms all over the world children are expected to sit, listen and learn. If we know its…

How to Teach a Child to Read Difficult Words
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How to Teach a Child to Read Difficult Words

If your child has begun reading, you may wonder how to increase the skill level and help them read complex, complicated or difficult words. The good news is that they probably already have the skills, but they need to practice and perfect their abilities. Teachers and parents may need guidance on how to teach a…

Is Teaching ESL Hard? A Teaching Abroad Survival Guide.
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Is Teaching ESL Hard? A Teaching Abroad Survival Guide.

Teaching ESL has the challenges of native English classrooms, with added barriers to motivation, communication and comprehension when working with second language learners. When teaching abroad ESL teachers must adapt to differences in language, culture, and pedagogy. These can combine to make teaching ESL hard.