Phonics Lesson: A to F

Improve your young learner’s printing, writing, spelling, and pronunciation with Sprout’s Phonics Cafe! This section starts with the alphabet and works up to letter combinations and words that are difficult to pronounce and spell. This week we’re featuring our colorful lesson on the letters A to F. (more…)

Phonics Lesson: Words with /ch/

The /ch/ sound (/tʃ/ written phonetically) is commonly confused with /sh/ (/ʃ/ written phonetically), so English language learners usually struggle to pronounce words spelled with “ch.” Our phonics lesson on “ch” words will have your students pronouncing and spelling words like cheese, cherry, match, and chair with ease! (more…)

Phonics Lesson: S to Z

Improve your young learner’s printing, writing, spelling, and pronunciation with Sprout’s Phonics Cafe! This section starts with the alphabet and works up to letter combinations and words that are difficult to pronounce and spell. This week we’re featuring our colorful lesson on the letters S to Z. (more…)

Silent ‘e’ Words 2

The goal of our Phonics Cafe section is to improve the literacy of young English language learners. This week’s Spotlight lesson, Silent ‘e’ Words 2, focuses on words that end in the unpronounced final ‘e.’ This little letter affects the pronunciation of a word in a big way!  (more…)

Bird, Bird, Worm: Pronunciation Game

Are your YLs learning to distinguish between closely related sounds? In the Spotlight this week, we’re featuring our Phonics lesson on ir, er, ur, and or. Words with these letters can be difficult for learners to pronounce and write because they look different but sound the same.

One fun way to practice commonly confused sounds and spellings is to play an adaptation of Duck, Duck, Goose. We’ll call it Bird, Bird, Worm to start, but you can change the name of the game to whatever word pair you’re working on. (more…)

Phonics Lesson: ir / er / ur / or

The English /r/ sound can be difficult for non-native speakers to produce. But learning the pronunciation of words with the /ər/ sound is only half the problem—there are different spellings to learn as well! The
/ər/ sound can be spelled ir, or, er, and ur in English. In this week’s phonic lesson, students will get practice with this sound and the common spelling variations. (more…)

Phonics Lesson: G to L

Sprout’s Phonics Cafe section offers many lessons to help improve low-level English learners’ printing, writing, spelling, and pronunciation. This section starts with the alphabet and works up to letter combinations and words that are difficult to pronounce and spell. This week’s Spotlight lesson is on the letters G to L. Your students will love the colorful illustrations and engaging activities! (more…)

Numbers: Phonics Lesson

Are your young learners learning to count? The Numbers lesson in our Phonics Cafe section gives students fun, engaging practice with both the numerical and spelled-out forms of the letters one to ten.

This seven-page phonics lesson begins by presenting the numerical and written forms of the numbers one to ten. This is followed by a variety of activities that will get your students reading, counting, and coloring. (more…)

“th” Words: Phonics Lesson

The /th/ sound (/θ/ for the voiceless sound and /ð/ for the voiced sound, written phonetically) is not common in many other languages, so English language learners usually struggle with this sound. I’ve found that encouraging students (both children and adults) to “stick out their tongues” (put their tongues between their teeth) is a fun way to get them to practice making this sound. Our phonics lesson on “th” words will have your students pronouncing and spelling words like month, thanks, these, and father in no time! (more…)