We have received the new list of tricky words to learn. So, I am trying to do my homework and decode them, but I have problems with some of them and I hope that you_know_who_you_are might help me out.
1) "Beautiful". How do I deal with "eau"? I feel it should be one grapheme, but it doesn't seem to exist and I cannot find another words that contains it with the exception of beauty (things like "plateau" obviously don't count). But I am not satisfied that it should be "e" and "au" either. To me "eau" should be /yoo/, but it is not in the list (there again, nobody is stopping me from adding it to the list :D) 2) "little" how do you deal with "-le" (and countless variations thereof?) 3) "Ireland", is that a case of /i-e/? Does it count when it is in the middle or at the beginning of a word? 4) How do you deal in general with schwas? They can be spelled (and pronounced?) in countless different ways.
In the word beautiful (beauty) the spelling eau is the sounds /yoo/. The spelling le is an alternative spelling for the sound /l/ Ireland is I-e Spelling for /ie/ sound Schwa just means a weak vowel sound and they vary with accent. They aren’t really a problem when reading but obviously cause a problem when spelling words we’ve not seen before.
*“*^*1. I read it as <ea> making the sound "e" as in "bead" and <u> making the sound "oo". (If you slow down your own pronunciation of the word it is really b-eee-ooo-tiful)*^*”* that’s a useful way to remember the spelling bea u ti ful
Thought of you lot when we got this week's homework sheet telling us all about tricky words which "can't be sounded out". On the plus side it went on to talk about "the tricky part of the word" so presumably some sounding out happening nonetheless. They're such a muddle, glad neither DC has needed to learn to read at this school.
That's what I'm doing when I help as a volunteer mrz, seems to work okay. I'm not enquiring too closely into what they do in class. It looks like lip service to phonics methods with a lot of look and say still hanging around. Previous gems have included "encourage your child to guess from the pictures", and decodable books are only sent home at weekends.
They’re taught as alternative spellings of the sound /l/ so fairly easy for reading. For spelling I’d recommend using a “spelling voice” saying the word very precisely as it’s spelt so penc il pet al marv el . The more often the words are seen written correctly and more times they are written the easier it becomes.