These easy (and free) books teach long vowels, consonant blends and digraphs (two letters that make one sound, such as th, sh, ai, ea, oo, etc.).
Age: 6 - 8 years old. Before starting these books, children must know their alphabet and be able to read small, short-vowel words (cat, dog, sun, etc.).
Format: Downloadable e-books to read on-screen or print on your printer.
Activity sheets: Matching handwriting worksheets, word-search puzzles, flash cards and memory games are included for each book. (All for free!)
Intermediate Phonics Book 1 - REVISED - March, 2012
Teaches the "th," "sh" and "ch" sounds. These are common sounds/spellings in the English language, and cannot be understood just by sounding out the individual letters. (Revised to include teaching the voiced and unvoiced "th" sound.)
Teaches end-of-word consonant combinations that use the letter "s" (-sh, -st, -sk and -ss as in fish, fast, ask and glass). Also teaches the -zz ending (fuzz), the rule-breaker word, was, and that "th" can go at the beginning or end of words (as in them or path, etc.)
Teaches the remaining consonant combinations that go at the end of words (-ck, -ct, -ch, -tch, -nch, -gg, -tt, -ff as in clock, fact, much, catch, lunch, egg, Matt and fluff). Also teaches the difference between of and off.
Teaches the end-of-word consonant blends that use the letter "L": -lk, -ld, -lt, -lf, -lp and -ll, as in milk, belt, self, help and well. Note that L-Controlled vowels (all, cold, pull, etc,) are taught in book #15.