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How to teach r-controlled vowels
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How to teach r-controlled vowels

What are r-controlled vowels?

An r-controlled vowel is simply a vowel that is followed by an r, like the ar in smart, the ir in girl. The r affects the sound that the vowel makes, turning it into a new sound unlike the long or short version of that same vowel.


Why are r-controlled vowels important?

R-controlled vowels appear in so many words in the English language that it’s hard to even form a sentence without at least one. In fact, 10% of single syllable words contain an r-controlled vowel. This means that many of the short, easy to spell and say words that children learn first are r-controlled, so it is extremely important that they understand how an r-controlled vowel changes the sound and pronunciation of words.


Tips for teaching r-controlled vowels:

- One of the most useful methods to help children understand how adding r changes a vowel sound is to ask them to compare words with and without r-controlled versions of the same vowels. For example, starting with one syllable words, ask children to pronounce words without r, like can, cat, had, tad, and then ask them to pronounce similar words with r, like car, hard, tar. Then ask them if they notice the difference.
- As usual, make sure to follow a systematic approach going from the most to the least common r-controlled vowel. So start with /ar/ (car), followed by /er/, which can be represented with three different graphemes er (monster), ir (bird), or ur (surf). Then move to /or/, which can be spelled as or (fork) or ore (adore).
- Illustrated charts that show the most common r-controlled vowels can help children remember them better. Try our chart with r-controlled vowels below!

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Foolproof Phonics Part 1

"S-a-t-p-i-n? Who sat on a pin? Are they okay? Should I call an ambulance?"These are all pretty common questions when first getting into phonics. Don't worry, we're here to help! This activity book covers 50 foundational phoneme-grapheme correspondences (starting with s-a-t-p-i-n!). Foolproof Phonics Part 1 was developed with teachers and phonics experts and is curriculum-aligned, making it the perfect tool for young readers. Get ready for a hilarious reading adventure!For ages 5-6

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Foolproof Phonics Part 1

Foolproof Phonics Part 1

"S-a-t-p-i-n? Who sat on a pin? Are they okay? Should I call an ambulance?"These are all pretty common questions when first getting into phonics. Don't worry, we're here to help! This activity book covers 50 foundational phoneme-grapheme correspondences taught in Reception (starting with s-a-t-p-i-n!). Foolproof Phonics Part 1 was developed with teachers and phonics experts and is aligned to the National Curriculum, making it the perfect tool for young readers. Get ready for a hilarious reading adventure!For ages 4-5

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Foolproof Phonics Part 1

Foolproof Phonics Part 1

"S-a-t-p-i-n? Who sat on a pin? Are they okay? Should I call an ambulance?"These are all pretty common questions when first getting into phonics. Don't worry, we're here to help! This activity book covers 50 foundational phoneme-grapheme correspondences taught in Reception (starting with s-a-t-p-i-n!). Foolproof Phonics Part 1 was developed with teachers and phonics experts and is aligned to the National Curriculum, making it the perfect tool for young readers. Get ready for a hilarious reading adventure!For ages 4-5

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Foolproof Phonics Part 1

Deep Dive

Read our report on the Science of Reading. Research-based reading instruction must incorporate the 5 pillars of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This report provides an easy to understand overview of each of these pillars and explains the important connection between how the brain learns to read (the Neuroscience of Reading) and how we teach children to read (The Science of Reading Instruction). It also explains why helping children build connections between letters and sounds, through phonics and phonemic awareness, is so crucial for the developing reading mind. This report is perfect for sharing with colleagues and friends!