Thursday, March 17, 2022

Do we need to teach vowel blend ai


Do we have to teach the vowel blend ai to read the word rain? I believe it is not necessary. Here are a few Tweets and my response.

Jeffrey Bowers @jeffrey_bowers Mar 15 Replying to @mazst  @Spell2Read,   @ManYanaEd, @jeffrey_bowers, @ReadingShanahan, and a few others.

 Most of the kids in that video could not.  A few kids could.  But the lesson is useful for all.  How does a child get to the point of recognising "rain" in an analytic phonics context?  The child knows rain before lesson, and learns its spelling, GPCs, and related words in lesson

Londonjohn @londonjohn9

But have these pupils reached the extended code of /ai/? If they haven't, they'll dissolve when they meet rain.

Here are my tweets in response:

I don't think it is necessary to teach consonant or vowel blends. If we teach the sounds represented by letters, I believe kids will be able to read the word rain. My students did not have a problem reading that word.

It can be read using the sounds of the letters.

R as sounded out, a (as in the word ace) i (as in the word Indian) n as sounded out.

That will read 'rain'. I have also taught my students to figure out words they have not learned by looking for family words they have learned. In this case, it will be the family word in.

So it will be: in -> ain -> rain-> train/ brain etc.

As mentioned the sound represented by a is as in the word ace and the sound represented by i is as in the word Indian.

Listen to my videos on this here. and here.

I am not in any way suggesting that we should not teach blends (Consonant/vowel blends). I am saying it is not a must if we have taught all sounds represented by letters correctly.


Note: This reminds me of the song by Audrey Hepburn in the movie ‘My Fair Lady’.

The rain in Spain stayed mainly in the plain.

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