It is hard for me to decide when we've crossed that line between sight words and diphthongs, digraphs, and blends. I've felt it building up. It's about time to go to the next level.
If you're new to the language here, listen up:
A diphthong is a gliding vowel sound made up of two or more letters (usually vowels themselves). An example would be down, with ow being the diphthong. Technically, there are single-letter diphthongs (called unitary diphthongs), but that is just too complicated for my small brain right now, so we're sticking to combinations.In the lessons, I will say something like "introduce the diphthong ow" which shows that you won't have to remember all of this to do the lessons. It is just good to know sometimes.
Digraphs (and here I'm referring to consonant digraphs) are two consonants which, when combined, make their own unique sound. An example would be tch in the word watch.
In the world that is this blog, blends are everything else. Blends are where I teach the basic word families. An example might be the root sound ight, as in the words light, sight, might, and so on.
If you recall, our tools of the trade include a binder, and I said that later we would use dividers.
Later is now.
(Daughter Q. will be getting dividers now as well because I began her binder with learning letters rather than sounds. For her, then, she will have dividers labeled alphabet and daily lessons, and then a new one that says basic sounds. Who knows? Maybe I should just set her whole binder up while I'm at it.)
But back to Daughter A.: the dividers for her binder will read: daily lessons, basic sounds, diphthongs, digraphs, and blends. Actually, we should probably add in a tab for long vowels while we're at it. I suppose I don't know for sure that I'll actually use all of them (because Son E. took off with intuitive reading and we never got through everything for him--a good thing), but I like to be prepared instead of scrambling for dividers when I suddenly decide I need them.
So, if you are following along in the lessons, now is the time to refine your binder. Add in the dividers. I like to place a bit of white paper in each section (three-hole punched, of course). I use these sections a little differently than I do the lessons sections, and I'll explain that in the near future.
You'll also want to pick up that pen-in-a-second color if you haven't already. We'll be using it soon.