Easter is a great time to introduce phonogram ‘ea’ and here is a fun recipe from tasteofhome.com to make Easter bread that tastes great.
Easter Bunny Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Even if you are still focusing on single sound consonants, now is a good time to introduce phonogram ‘ea’ using your The ABCs of The Sounds We Read and FUN-O-Guide. You will find it everywhere since this is the Easter season and spring break. Grab some jelly beans and go on phonogram hunts for ‘ea.’ They are all over: book titles, posters, street signs, candy bags.
Phonograms are all around.
Use this Word Sort download to teach phonemic awareness to children who are not yet ready to read. Help children who are reading to see and understand that ea makes three sounds. Cut the words found in the download and mix them up.
Remember, if you are just starting out, it is not necessary for children who are not developmentally ready to read words, to do so. Hearing the jingle, doing the gesture, and Training the Brain to SEE phonograms in words are the important first steps.
Notice the phonogram ‘ea’ in the word ‘ear’ blends ‘ea’ (long e) with ‘r’ /r/ to make /ē/ /r/. It is not the bossy r phonogram ‘ear.’
We may think ‘ea’ is an advanced phonogram; but children will see it in words all around them, and it certainly opens up the ability to read a lot of words. Though some of the words may be unfamiliar, they are still good to use for blending practice. That way you know your child is truly blending the sounds instead of guessing at the word.
There are over 4,000 words with phonogram ‘ea’ in them. (See morewords.com for 4,000 ‘ea’ words.)