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consonant clusters

Discussion in 'Primary' started by mancminx, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. mancminx

    mancminx New commenter

    Do we still teach these? Or would the 'flood' be taught as fl oo d or f l oo d? I think its the latter, but was chatting to someone the other day and they said we do?
  2. The latter.
    There are 76 consonant clusters according to Diane McGuinness - and if you teach them, that would involve, in effect, teaching 76 additional 'units of sound'.
    Instead, if you teach the blending for reading <u>skill</u> and the segmenting for spelling <u>skill </u>really well - which should be the case nowadays - you wouldn't need to teach consonant clusters.
    Having said that, for early reading and early spelling purposes, I have found it is helpful to teach a unit of sound of /ngk/ for the 'nk' cluster. If I don't teach this, when children go to spell a word such as 'pink' there is a tendency to spell it like this: 'pingk'.
    So, if the child segments to /p/ /i/ /ngk/, the spelling will be 'p-i-nk'.

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