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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

moved to new address

Hello thank you for looking at my blog.  I have moved to a better address (I think), go there to get all my current content, and blogs.

thanks again.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Here are a few books/websites in a few different areas that might be of use to you at home with your children and their education.  They could help out with homework, or attitudes.  Or if you want to start home schooling here is some help.

Youth Change Your problem-kid problem-solver    
Ebooks and printables

Tension strategies

Click Here!

Home school road map

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The A patterns and sounds

Today we are going to talk about the vowel a.

The patterns that it has and the sounds it makes. (Note: the "_" means that there is a consonant there.)


Here are the patterns

          a_ (can)         a_e (bake)           ai (paid)       ay (hay)     
           ar (car)        all (call)               aw (saw)



The sounds that "a" makes, well there are a few. The basic two sounds are the short and then the long sound. The short "a" says its sound while the long "a" says its name.

Pattern                  Words
Example: short "a" as in            a_                    cat     ran    cap      back

                 sat     man    nap    snack
Long "a" as in               a_e                    bake   name   gave    take

these are not long "a"

but make the same sound        ai                     rain      wait       tail      train

or                                  ay                    day      say       pay     may

A few of the other main

sounds are                             all                    ball        all        tall         hall

 aw                 saw        paw       jaw    draw

   There are a few others but these are the main ones. Hoped it helped. Remember your child's homework and education are some of the most important things that you can give your child.



Great learning to you and your kids.




Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The 44 sounds of English

I guess before we really get into the sounds that the vowels make I would like to give you all the sounds that are in the English language.

You may think that there really are more sounds than these but this is really all that there are.

Take the g, it makes a hard and soft sound; /g/ and /j/. This is every sound that there is.


So here goes.

Consonants SoundsVowel Sounds
  1. /b/ (bat)
  2. /d/ (dog)
  3. /f/ (fan)
  4. /g/ (gate)
  5. /h/ (hat)
  6. /j/ (jump)
  7. /k/ (kite)
  8. /l/ (leaf)
  9. /m/ (mop)
  10. /n/ (nest)
  11. /p/ (pig)
  12. /r/ (rock)
  13. /s/ (sun)
  14. /t/ (top)
  15. /v/ (vase)
  16. /w/ (wagon)
  17. /y/ (yo-yo)
  18. /z/ (zebra)
  19. /ch/ (cheese)
  20. /sh/ (shark)
  21. /zh/ (treasure)
  22. /th/ (thumb)
  23. /th/ (the)
  24. /hw/ (wheel)
  25. /ng/ (ring)
  1. /ā/ (cake)
  2. /ē/ (feet)
  3. /ī/ (bike)
  4. /ō/ (boat)
  5. /yōō/ (cube)̂
  6. /a/ (cat)
  7. /e/ (bed)
  8. /i/ (fish)
  9. /o/ (lock)
  10. /u/ (duck)
  11. / / (alarm)
  12. /â/ (chair)
  13. /û/ (bird)
  14. /ä/ (car)
  15. /ô/ (ball)
  16. /oi/ (boy)
  17. /ou/ (house)
  18. /ōō/ (moon)
  19. /ŏŏ/ (book)

# 11 on the vowel side  is an upside down  "e".  It is called a schwa.  I could not find it within Microsoft.   (that is why it is blank.)   I will keep looking for it.  sorry.

Great learning to you



Monday, April 12, 2010

coming tomorrow

Due to an unforeseen problem, my post from today will be posted tomorrow.   Look for it.  "The 44 sounds of English".   don't forget to ask me some questions.

Great learning to you

Friday, April 9, 2010

Sight Words

There are words in the English language that just can't be sounded out to say them right (well ok some you can), but we all need to learn to read them by sight. These words are called sight words. These words we just have to learn to recognize them when we are reading and know what they are, hence Sight Words.


Here are some of the first words that really need to be known by sight.


a                  are            who                                       

and              be             have                                      

look            came          out                                                 

me              do                                                                   
my              get                                                                 
said            no                                                             
the             like                                                              

to              our                                                              
we            saw

you          there

These my be repeats but are High Frequency Words.    Which are the same as sight words.
High Frequency meaning that they will come across these words a lot when they read, so they really need to know them.

 it              on           is           red          or            to 
and           for          no          so           mom        in 
with         dog         not         like          not          said 
love         will          my         we          dad          big
by           was         do          look        here

There are many sight words but here is the most common ones that are learned or need to be learned.


Great Learning to you



Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Each Vowel Has Different Sounds

The English language is probably the hardest language to learn. Why is that, well it breaks its own rules way to many times. Then it just has rule after rule. Where as many other languages has a rule and they stick to it.

Take our vowels, they each have a sound that they make. A has a short sound-- a --as in cat, hat, pat. Then it has a long sound-- -- as in day, fate, bake. Like when a word has an a followed by an consonant then an e (vcv=vowel consonant vowel), it changes the vowel sound. In any of the vowels this happens

Then when an-- r -- is right after an vowel it changes the sound of the vowel as well. Our language is truly amazing and hard to learn, but we all have done it, and I bet some of us have learned some of the rules and we didn't even know that it was a rule, or a rule breaking another rule. Yes you are truly amazing learners.

So for the nest month I want to go over some of the rules that dictate how our lovely language is read and spoken. And yes there will be more than what I share and help teach, but what I want to share it some hints and helps that will help you help your child with their school work, and over all improve their reading ability.

Here is a little hint. Short vowels say their sound, but long vowels say their name.

Short a --cap, tack, van

Long ā -- fade, take, baby



Great learning to you.