I have just started to teach a struggling reader in Year 1. The first thing I observed from my assessment was that she did not use ‘pure phonic sounds’, also known as ‘precise pronunciation’. Many of the consonants were pronounced with an added ‘uh’ sound: /k/ was pronounced ‘kuh’; /p/ was pronounced ‘puh’, etc. This is curious, as synthetic phonics is taught in the school.
Why is this important to correct? Precise pronunciation makes it easier to blend sounds into recognisable words. If you try to blend the sounds /p/ /a/ /t/ into a word but pronounce the phonemes ‘puh-a-tuh’ – it…
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