Cheerful Children’s Book connects /ch/ sound

/Ch/ is a digraph – two letters that make one sound. “Chester’s Way” by Kevin Henkes is an entertaining connection to /ch/. Chester and Wilson enjoy the same interests – an obvious indicator that they are best friends. A girl in their neighborhood named Lily enters the story as a cheery outsider who does thingsContinue reading “Cheerful Children’s Book connects /ch/ sound”

Itsy Bitsy Short /i/

A common visual cue used with short /i/ is to act out itching. I discovered “Itsy Bitsy” Spider by Keith Chapman at the public library this summer. Not only does it include many opportunities to hear short /i/, there are many animal sounds. This would be a great book to read for examples of onomatopoeia.Continue reading “Itsy Bitsy Short /i/”

House Hunting with /h/

One of my favorite authors is Eric Carle. Students can be swept up by all of the colors and whimsical mixed media in his stories. Carle’s “A House for Hermit Crab” is a great literature connection to /h/. When I read it, I remember a class pet hermit crab my teacher allowed us to takeContinue reading “House Hunting with /h/”

D is for David

The consonant /d/ is a tricky one for some students. They reverse it in their writing with /b/. They may even produce the /b/ sound instead of saying /d/. The key is, again, multiple experiences including a connection to literature. “No, David!” By David Shannon is a quick read but a solid example of /d/.Continue reading “D is for David”

A Cap Salesman Connects Short /a/

Short /a/ is fun to teach students because it also has a visual cue – we put our hand under our jaw when we say /a/. Visuals like apples are great objects. My favorite /a/ connection to literature is “More Caps for Sale” by Esphyr Slobodkina with Anne Marie Mulhearn Sayer. This is a childhoodContinue reading “A Cap Salesman Connects Short /a/”

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