Sounding out diphthongs is fun.
The sooner we can get that idea across to our students, the faster children will devour words containing diphthongs.
This is one reason why Candy 4WAY Phonics uses rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration in as many beginning lesson plans as possible. Learning diphthongs should be fun! Children should learn to sound out diphthongs while they enjoy learning to read.
Yes! Learning to sound out words and learning to sound out diphthongs should be both rewarding and fun!
So what is a diphthong? A diphthong is a vowel sound produced when the tongue moves or glides from one vowel sound toward another vowel sound in the same syllable.
Examples of diphthongs are:
ea in created (pronounced: crēāted)
io in Pinocchio (pronounced: Pinocchēō)
oy in boy (pronounced: bōē).
Note: Even though oy is made up a vowel and a consonant, it is a diphthong because diphthongs are only defined as gliding vowel “sounds.”
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PARENTS AND TEACHERS can make diphthongs fun for children to learn by teaching diphthongs within rhymes, simple songs, or picture games.
However, one of the best ways to teach diphthongs
is within the context of daily phonics lessons,
lessons that utilize rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration.
For example, look at these sentences presented in the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program that help children have fun, learn to sound out words, and gain skills in sounding out the diphthongs oi and oy:
“Tenderloins are fried; steaks are charbroiled?
Some dogs are noisy; some cats are spoiled?
Foil has crinkles, and pencils have points?
Grandma has wrinkles and pain in her joints?
Did you know that. . .
Cars that break down are put up on a hoist?
Soil that’s rained on gets muddy and moist?
Oysters are fried or just eaten raw?
Grandpa likes atta-boys, kinfolk, and Grandma?”
(Taken from the Candy 4WAY Phonics Frosting Lesson 9)
The folks at Candy 4WAY Phonics capitalize on the fact that the easiest way to teach diphthongs is to first present them to a child as they naturally appear within his/her daily phonics lessons.
Teaching diphthongs a few at a time helps children to retain these unique “diphthong” sounds, and the Candy 4WAY Phonics lesson plans provide children with plenty of practice drills and fun sentences to help those diphthongs take root in a child’s mind.
* 100 step-by-step, fun daily lessons
* easy-to-understand instructions
* sequenced phonics story readers
* phonics charts
* phonics drill and continuous repetition
* colorful, multisensory tools and pictures
* phonics flashcards
* lifetime rhyming phonics charts
* free coaching and much, much more!
Candy 4WAY Phonics is a COMPLETE curriculum because it takes a child from preschool phonics lessons all the way through to a fourth grade reading level and higher and includes every systematic phonics tool available.
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We know you’ll be happy!
Learning diphthongs within the framework of daily, entertaining phonics lessons is fun. The sooner we can get that idea across to our students, the faster children will devour words that contain diphthongs!
Carol Kay, President
Candy 4WAY Phonics