We teach word endings just as we teach our blends, diphthongs and digraphs. We write a little chart on half a 3×5 card, we teach it, we put it in our binder, and then we review it until it is known backwards and forwards.
Like every other instance, tell the child the sound that -ies makes. Then, write out this chart:
Some reading teachers will try and explain the doubling of the consonants when adding the ending to the word, and I would highly recommend that you avoid doing this. In my opinon, children will pick up such things on their own as they become good readers.
Plus, I also recommend that once reading lessons become obsolete, you review it all in a backwards sort of way by using Sequential Spelling with any child who needs spelling lessons.
The point here is to give the child what he needs in order to read the book. Sometimes we get so lost in mastering the mechanics of the language that we forget that the point is to simply be able to use the language to communicate and, ultimately, to gain wisdom. Giving too much detail–saying too much–can distract and confuse at this point. So stick to “these letters make this sound” and then let the child enjoy reading the page.
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