Early reading support: 42 decodable Consonant-Vowel-Consonant (CVC)/Consonant-Vowel-Consonant-Consonant (CVCC) minimal pairs and near minimal pairs contrasted in short sentences (e.g. The man had to push the ram up the ramp.)
Learning to decode letters into speech sounds, and then to blend the speech sounds together to form words is a fundamental reading skill for all students in their first year of schooling.
Once our students have learned to decode and encode simple CVC, CCVC and CVCC words composed of letters in the basic code – but before we step up to working on polysyllabic words – we recommend that students practice decoding short sentences containing similar words that contrast CVC and CVCC word pairs, e.g. <rib> and <ribs>, <sun> and <sunk>, <bran> and <brand>.