What do you think about Abeka's Blend Ladders?
Posted 22 December 2008 - 08:02 PM
When I was learning to read, I remember learning, for example: -it says /it/. Then p-it would say pit, n-it would say nit, s-it would say sit, and so forth.
However, Abeka's blend ladders seem to do it 'backward'. Ba, Be, Bi, Bo, Bu will all teach you the *beginning* sounds to which you'd an an 'end'. So: ba-t says bat, ba-d says bad, etc.
What are your thoughts and experience on this, or am I totally out in left field?
My reason for asking this is that I wanted to make a Go Fish type of game using phonograms (right word?) such as 'ough' and 'ing'. So I wanted to know which approach was the best to take. This game was suggested to me by someone who used the Spalding method.
Posted 23 December 2008 - 08:35 AM
The word families where you have it, fit, mit, kit, etc. have the child looking at the end of the word and then coming back to the initial sound. Most kids can likely do this but for those with any dyslexic tendencies or vision issues, I would not want them doing this. They need to track left to right each and every time. No letting those eyes dart around in the word.
I don't like ABeka's blend ladders the best either but at least they go left to right.
Posted 23 December 2008 - 12:34 PM
While it's dry, it's thorough.
First they teach short vowels, long vowels, consonants, and progress from there.
Let me know if I can help. Sheryl
Posted 25 December 2008 - 08:40 AM
Posted 27 December 2008 - 03:50 AM
The reason for the blend ladders is some young children cannot hold 3 sounds in their head, and to keep the focus on proper phonetic left to right blending, you just blend the first two sounds when starting out. Most students can handle 3 letter words, but a few need to start with 2 letter blends.
That's why I like Webster's Speller, it starts with 2 letter blends, but it does them the way that works in larger words, through syllables, ba as long a like in ba-ker, and those ending with a consonant as short. (ab, eb, ib, ob, ub; ba, be, bi, bo, bu, by.) So, when they're learning the basics of how to sound out and blend, they're also preparing to sound out 3 and 4 syllable words later in the year.