Two and Three-Sound Flipbooks
Three purposes for the Flipbooks
Second, to allow the parent-teacher to model for the child the process of blending sounds into words. Audios are provided to assist the parent in learning the blending process and to permit the child to review the process on his or her own as often as he or she may wish.
The blending or slurring of sounds into words takes practice. Just knowing how to say the sounds is not enough. As an example, the sounds for the word stir are . Said separately and spaced apart, they hardly sound like stir at all. For the sounds to become stir they must be said quickly, one after the other and slurred together. The Flipbooks help the parent teach the child this blending or slurring process.
Third, to insure the child has the vocabulary to proceed independently in the reading program. If the two or three sounds the child is blending form a word that he or she does not know, the child has little hope of knowing if his or her blending is correct. The child learns to blend sounds into words using only words that are a part of his or her vocabulary.
The number codings are accompanied by the triangle, circle, square, rectangle, and star symbols that identify the five levels of the program. When all of the Two-Sound Flipbook triangle words are presented, the child is ready to begin the two-sound triangle level activities in the program. When all of the Three-Sound Flipbook happy-face triangle words are presented, the child is ready to begin the three-sound triangle level activities, and so on.
Sample Parent Dialog
"See the arrow? The arrow tells us where to start.
Touching the iPad screen will advance to the next word. To keep from advancing to the next word while sliding a finger beneath the sounds, the sliding finger should be placed on the black or white (depending on the iPad model) edge of the iPad beneath the screen rather than on the screen itself. It is important to slide the finger beneath each sound as it is being said, rather than stopping and pointing to each sound individually.
More Sample Dialog
1) Display the two or three sound word.
The process of stretching out the sounds and saying them slowly works well with sounds like or These sounds can be referred to as slow sounds, because they can be stretched out and said slowly. Sounds like or , on the other hand, cannot be stretched out and said slowly. These sounds may be said to be fast sounds. We can talk to children about the difference between slow and fast sounds and which sounds are which as each new sound is introduced.
The more familiar the child is with the words he or she is asked to blend, the more likely it is that the child will hear the correct word when the sounds are blended together. Knowing what the word 'ear' means does not guarantee the child will automatically be able to read it or recognize its separate sounds. However, not knowing the word 'ear' does guarantee a child will not recognize what has been read, even if the sounds are said correctly and blended perfectly into a word.