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Read the "I Am a Bug" Decodable Story

Welcome back to Read Not Guess. Today is a review day. We’ll play the Sound Addition game and then have your kids read a “decodable” book using the letter sounds we’ve learned so far.


If you missed a lesson, you can always go back and find those here.


Let’s get started.


Sound Addition


We’ve played this game before, but it’s important for kids to hear how words change when you add, subtract, or change a letter. It helps them hear the individual sounds in words and understand that different sounds convey different meanings.


Read your child the questions and see if they can come up with the answers:


Question: What word do you make when you add the “b” and the “ug” sounds?


Answer: b + ug = bug


Question: What word do you make when you add the “rrr” and the “ug” sounds?


Answer: r + ug = rug


Question: What word do you make when you add the “b” and the “ag” sounds?


Answer: b + ag = bag


Question: What word do you make when you add the “n” and the “ag” sounds?


Answer: n + ag = nag


Question: What word do you make when you add the “b” and the “ill” sounds?


Answer: b + ill = bill


Question: What word do you make when you add the “b” and the “ell” sounds?


Answer: b + ell = bell


Question: What word do you make when you add the “w” and the “ell” sounds?


Answer: w + ell = well


Question: What word do you make when you add the “w” and the “ill” sounds?


Answer: w + ill = will


If your child struggled with any of the words, go back and have them do it again. Repeated practice is good for kids.


For a harder challenge, swap roles. Have your child give you a word to guess based on a combination of sounds. Made-up words are fine! What's important here is for your child to hear the individual sounds and practice combining them together.


Note that this is a game you can play anywhere. Try it at the dinner table, in the car, or anytime you’re waiting around.

Silly Story


If you think your child is ready, see if they can read the "decodable" story below.












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We'll be doing more stories like this in future lessons. If your child likes them and is clamoring for more, try "Yams! Yum!" or "Buzz Sells Milk" from the University of Florida Literacy Institute (UFLI).

That’s it for today. We’ll see you next time.

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