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Phonic skills

Phonic skills must be put into connected print in order to become useful. Connected print is short selections in magazines or books. Two books, both by Dr. Seuss, have wonderful selections to help a child apply a phonic skill by reading connected print.

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  1. Hop on Pop, an easier selection by Dr. Seuss (1963), has the following selections:
    pages 3-5 short u "Up pup pup is up."
    pages 22-24 short e "Red Red They call me Red."
    pages 26-33 short a "Pat cat Pat sat on a cat." "Dad is sad. Very, very sad."
    pages 40-41 short o "We like to hop on top of Pop."
    pages 56-57 short i "Will is up hill still."
  2. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, by Dr. Seuss (1960), has these selections:
    pages 10-11, 18-19 short u "They run for fun in the hot, hot sun."
    pages 26-27 ea words "Oh dear! I cannot hear."
    pages 30-31 oo words "He took a look at the book on the hook."
    pages 40-43 short i "It is fun to sing if you sing with a Ying."
    pages 48-49 short e "You never met…a pet as wet as they let this wet pet get."
You should help your child read a new reading selection every other day. This is incorporating whole language methods of learning how to read. Using "To, With, and By" teach your child how to read a couple of sentences or one paragraph until it sounds great. The whole language method helps your child learn to read "sight words." Sight words must be memorized because they don't follow phonic rules. (Half of all words in the English language are sight words.)

Best of all, using To, With, and By will improve your child's fluency and comprehension. The goal of reading is comprehension. When your child is able to sound out new words, has memorized a bunch of sight words, reads fluently and understands what he read, he has learned how to read!