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FootStep Phonics Step 3

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Are you ready to take your student's reading and pronunciation skills to the next level?


Introducing Step 3 - the perfect tool to help children master the art of consonant blends, digraphs, and sentence building!


With engaging visual aids and plenty of opportunities for practice, your students will be speaking with confidence in no time.


Our exciting program focuses on the importance of initial and final consonant blends to help your little ones pronounce even the most challenging words correctly. And with the introduction of voiced and unvoiced digraphs, they'll soon be able to decode words like a pro!


Get ready to see their reading skills flourish with Step 3!

104 page student workbook

139 durable Flashcards

Covers 1 full year of study

Certificate of Achievement

Phonics flashcards
FootStep Phonics Student Workbook 3
Click below to view sample pages.
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A UK Proven Approach to Early Reading.
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Teaching Consonant Blends: Building Blocks of Language Development

Consonant blends play a pivotal role in a child's language and reading development. These combinations of two or more consonant sounds can be found at the beginning or end of words, and mastering them is crucial for young learners to become proficient readers and writers. By incorporating interactive strategies, multi-sensory activities, and enjoyable learning experiences, educators can effectively teach children about consonant blends and help them build a strong foundation for language skills.

One effective strategy for teaching consonant blends is through phonics instruction. Phonics focuses on the relationship between letters and sounds, and it provides children with the tools to decode and encode words. Teaching consonant blends in a systematic and sequential manner allows children to gradually build their skills and confidence.  Start with simple blends such as "bl" and "gr" before moving on to more complex ones like "spl" and "str."

Using multi-sensory activities while teaching consonant blends can engage children in hands-on learning experiences that enhance their understanding. For example, using manipulatives like letter tiles or magnet boards allows students to physically manipulate and combine letters to create words with blends. This tactile approach helps reinforce the connection between the sounds and the corresponding letters.

Incorporating technology can also make teaching consonant blends more interactive and engaging. Educational apps and online games can provide a fun and interactive platform for children to practice identifying and using consonant blends. These digital resources often include visual and auditory cues, making it easier for young learners to grasp the concept and reinforce their learning.

Furthermore, integrating consonant blends into everyday activities and routines can reinforce their importance and relevance in a child's learning journey. Encourage students to find and identify blends in books, signs, or labels around the classroom or school. Create word lists or charts that showcase words with specific blends and encourage students to use these words in their writing and oral communication.

By teaching consonant blends in an interactive and engaging manner, educators can help children develop the necessary language skills to become confident readers and writers. These foundational skills pave the way for further language development and empower young learners to communicate effectively. By building a strong foundation in consonant blends, children will be better equipped to navigate the world of language and explore the endless possibilities of written expression.

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