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Rhyming Stories – Language Workbook
Publisher: Boyer Educational Resources
The ‘Rhyming Story’ resources have been designed to help you to understand the link between English sounds and spelling, and to provide fun activities that will help you to improve your spelling.
The connection between the spelling and pronunciation of English words can be confusing. However, the spelling of most English words follows limited and, to some degree, predictable patterns. The ‘Rhyming Stories’ in this book provide a fun way to make connections between the sounds and spelling of English.
Some central points to know about English spelling and pronunciation:
- Twenty-six letters are used to write English.
- Forty sounds are used in spoken English.
- Since there are more sounds in spoken English than letters in written English, some letters represent more than one sound.
For example, each English vowel letter (a, e, i, o, u) makes a short sound, as well as one, or more, longer sounds when combined with other letters. For example, the letter ‘o’ is pronounced differently in each of the following four words:
‘Don’t stop work now!
Also, different letter combinations can make the same sound. For example, the following four words all have the same vowel sound although the spelling for that sound is different:
‘She’s seen each piece.’
Many written English words fit into spelling patterns that you can learn. However, some words do not fit into any easily recognisable format and you will have to memorise them.
Therefore it’s important to understand how English spelling works and that, though there are always a few exceptions, the letter combinations of English are limited.
‘Rhyming Stories’ has been specifically designed to demonstrate the link between the spelling and sounds of English.