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Daily(ish) Decodable: Words like "aid" and "afraid"

Today we're going to work on words like “aid” and “braid.”

Note that a lot of our stories have already used one very important exception--the word “said.” Help your kids spot the difference when we get to the “Read It” section below. 

Rhyme It Parents, read the following words out loud. Then ask your child which one does NOT rhyme with the others?

laid maid mixed ------------------------------- Say It Have your child point to and say the word "aid" three times (it should sound the same as "ade"): aid



------------------------------- Blend It Have your child read these words: maid










Read It

Have your child read the passage below.

Don't Be Afraid


Mom walked into my room and said she had a surprise.


I hate surprises! So I stayed in bed, closed my eyes, and pretended to fall back asleep.


But she persisted. “Don't be afraid,” she said. “It's something you like.”


“Is it a package?” I asked. 


“No,” she replied.


She asked if I wanted a clue. She told me it was something to eat.


Hmm, what could it be?


“Is it pancakes?” I asked.


“You bet!” she replied.


That did it. I got an image of warm stack of pancakes in my head. Then I raced downstairs to gobble them up.  


Explain It

Now have your child answer a couple questions about the story:

  1. Does the author like surprises?

  2. Without looking back at the story, can you spell the word "afraid?"


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