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…)

A Fun Way to Introduce /ch/ and /sh/ to Kids

In the Spotlight this week, we are featuring the voiceless sound /ch/, which is difficult for many language learners who do not have /ch/ and /sh/ in their native language (e.g., Spanish or Thai). Fortunately, /ch/ and /sh/ are fun sounds for young kids to make, even though they may be difficult. (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…)

St. Patrick’s Day Materials

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17 in several countries, and it’s a fun holiday to celebrate in class. Encourage your young learners to dress up in green clothes, and try some of our fun St. Patrick’s Day lessons and worksheets! (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…)

Christmas Word Puzzles: Pronunciation, Spelling & Vocabulary

It’s a fun, festive time of year when spirits are high in and out of class! Teachers can maximize on students’ enthusiasm by doing Christmas activities that are both fun and educational. We’ve created three Christmas puzzles for you to try in class this season: Christmas Code, Pronunciation Path, and The Snowman’s Nose. And don’t forget about last year’s vocabulary/coloring worksheet: Christmas – Find the Objects! (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…)