One of the major milestones in a child’s development is when he/she first learns to read. This exciting journey begins when the child enters K1. In our school, we use the highly acclaimed Fitzroy Reader as a tool to aid the children in the learning process. The first step is to blend the sounds in a word to read it.
Before the Fitzroy Reader 1 is introduced, the sounds of the letters and special sound e.g. ‘a & A’ in the Reader are first revised. The children are encouraged to place their finger under the word being read to ensure their complete attention on the word. The technique used is to sound out individual letters, e.g. c! a! t! where c! stands for the sound of the letter, followed by reading ‘cat’.
Then, live reading is introduced as a group activity. Children holding flash cards would line up in front of the reading direction card to make the word. The teacher will point to each child, while the rest who are watching will blend the sounds to read the word.
To reinforce what they have learnt, the children are free to take the booklet (with words from the Reader), and look at a word, take the corresponding letters to build the word and blend the sounds to read the word.
Once the children are successful in blending the sounds, a word building game is introduced to see what other words can be made, with each child placing a consonant before the blend ‘at’.