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Phonics Pathways | Three Letter Words
from Phonics Pathways by Dolores G. Hiskes

Eyerobics continues by adding consonants to the end of two-letter blends to build three-letter words, and then combining two words to make a phrase.

Read each sound and blend, working across the page. When these blends are written with a line between them like this, "s-a," read each sound separately. When they are written without a line between them, as in "sa," you must blend the sounds together smoothly. It can help to take a deep breath first.

This will take practice to do well. Take all the time you need in order to read each three-letter word without having to sound out individual letters first. The time this takes will vary; it depends upon how soon your eye muscles are strong enough to "track" across a word. It does not depend upon how smart you are! For example, if someone needs to wear glasses, does it mean they are more or less intelligent than someone who does not wear glasses? Of course not!

Now listen to these words, and write them from dictation. Try writing the two-word phrases from dictation also; but if that is too difficult just yet, your teacher can dictate these words one at a time.

Work about ten minutes a day with these lessons. Take all the time you need in order to read these words without having to sound out each letter first.

TEACHING TIPS: Do your eyes sometimes "skip" and "jump around" when reading? Try holding a sheet of paper underneath the line you are reading, and move your finger underneath each word as you read it.

Still having trouble? Try this: Cut out a rectangle in a plain sheet of paper, about 3/8 inches high by 6 inches wide. Lay it over the page, so that only the line you are trying to read is showing through the little "window." These little tricks can make reading a lot easier! Use them as long as you find it helpful.

SPECIAL NOTE TO REMEDIAL STUDENTS: At first, you may find that you need a little more time to complete these lessons than someone who is just learning how to read for the first time. This is perfectly natural, and is to be expected. You are unlearning ineffective reading methods in order to learn how to read by "building words." Any time we must unlearn something in order to re-learn it a different way, it will always take more time and energy than if we had to learn it one time only. So....please be PATIENT with yourselves!

See sample page 28!

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Table of Contents
Getting Started
Short Vowel Sounds
Two-Letter Blends
Spelling Sampler
Vision Exercises


Try These!

Read all of these blends first, even if you ARE able to read the words WITHOUT doing this. Why? Because it is GOOD TRAINING for your EYES to practice "tracking" from left to right. Reading will be MUCH EASIER for you. (There is more practice like this in the back of the book, on pages 230 and 232.) Read across:







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We review each step a LOT because we need to know this material at a deep level, almost as well as our own name. We have to be able to read it AUTOMATICALLY, without having to THINK about it too much.