Using a picture, i.e. an apple with the letter Aa, definitely helps children learn and remember their letter-sounds. At Grow thru Tutoring, we introduce a new letter to a child by holding up a card with both the upper and lower case letters and representative picture for that letter’s sound. The sound then moves into a cumulative letter-sound review with previously learned letters and then begins to show up in words for segmenting, blending and reading. Letter-sound knowledge is fully supported and the children are more likely to become successful readers. But beware, check your letter-sound knowledge, even children’s books and well-known reading programs can get it wrong. A child who is not at risk for reading failure can manage the occasional inconsistency, but a struggling reader becomes even further confused.
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