Three Letter 'a' words as in 'cat'

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 When a child first enters a teacher's care they have a reasonable vocabulary and they are using most of the sounds that we use in the  english language. What they can't do  is break words into the individual sounds and to write the representation for each particular sound.

The word reservoirs are not a prescriptive list  of words that children need to know. Rather they are a list of words from which you can choose appropriate examples of sounds that need to be taught. For example if we choose to word  'at' we are in fact teaching  the representation of two sounds the 'a' and the 't'. If a child can identify  the two letters in 'at', they have the basis of identifying  the  representation of the three sounds in the word  'cat'.  Therefore, when I teach 'cat', I am reviewing the word 'at'.  I will draw attention to the word by asking the  children  if they can see a word that we've talked about before in the word 'cat'.

 A lot of teaching schemes begin with the word 'sat' but I prefer to start with 'cat'. My reason is that many children with learning difficulties, use the first and the last sounds as a clue to the word. With the word 'sat' there are also 'sit' and 'set'  and I find  that if I have a simple sentence that uses 'set' or 'sit' then they will opt for the word 'sat'. It takes a little longer to get the comprehension of those words because of their similarity. Teaching children with learning difficulties can be very precarious and I seek to minimise the difficulties.  In the example  given in the previous paragraph I am actually forcing the  children to look at middle sounds.

sat

at

as

cat

mat

and

an

ant

can

cap

fat

had

rat

bad

hat

has

bag

ban

bat

ran

pat

lap

jam

sad

van

fan

 dad

pad

pan

mad

fad

gap

tan

lad

add

ass

act

sap

dab

nap

all

act

lax

cad

rap

axe

any

amp

apt

ago

abs