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Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.

More New Words for Your Child’s Word Bank

This month’s words for your child’s word bank involve consonant blends and consonant digraphs. Simply put, consonant blends consist of two or three consonants used together in words, where each letter sound is distinct, such as the “p” and “l” in the word “play” or “str” in the word “street.” Consonant digraphs consist of two consonants in words that when used together form a new sound. The most common digraphs are “th,” “sh,” “ch,” “wh,” and “ph.” Here are some consonant blend words frequently used in classrooms:

blue
crayon
glue
slide
spring

black
draw
great
spot
street

bring
flag
play
stop
tree

clap
free
prize
sweet
twelve

 

Following are words where the consonant digraph can be at the beginning or end of the word:

chin
this
where

ouch
path
when

shoe
graph

push
whale

 

Next month, I’ll post additional words for the word bank that can pique your child’s interest in words during summer vacation!

 

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