English makes a lot of sense once you learn how it has evolved over the past 1,400 years. Young readers, however, need to learn a bank of seemingly “irregular” words (otherwise known as “red words” in OG circles) before they are necessarily ready to comprehend the complexity of the English language.
Words like “was” and “give” seem like rule breakers, but are they really? The letter <a> often makes the schwa sound and the <e> in “give” seems unnecessary until you realize no words in English end in <v>, hence the added silent <e>.
So what’s a teacher to do? How can we help our young learners add to their bank of “red words”?
This brief video will demonstrate how to teach students to read and spell red words.
Meet the Author
Jennifer Cerra is the founder of R.E.A.D. Intervention. She has been working with students as an educator since 1998. Jennifer received her B.A. in English Literature from Boston University and her M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Lesley University. She is also a certified reading specialist and Orton-Gillingham practitioner who received training through Fairleigh Dickinson University, an accredited IMSLEC graduate level program. After working in the public school sector for over 20 years, Jennifer decided to dedicate her passion for literacy instruction to private students struggling to read and founded R.E.A.D. Intervention. Based on R.E.A.D.’s success with students, she was approached by educational leaders and asked to provide in-person professional development on using evidence-based methods such as Orton-Gillingham. In order to deliver the content to a wider audience in a cost effective manner, R.E.A.D. created online learning modules and resources to support the delivery and implementation of this instruction. We are excited to partner with educators to help their students unlock the code and experience reading success! To learn more about R.E.A.D.'s online training offerings, visit: https://learn.readintervention.com/