Learning CVC words introduces students to the concept that words have a beginning, middle and ending sound that together create a word.
Once students have a solid understanding of CVC words, phoneme manipulation is another important skill that they must master. It is the easiest to introduce it in CVC words.
CVC words are integral to any pre-reading program and they have a special importance in the Montessori Method, as they are the first step from knowing the letter sounds to sounding out simple words. The first stage of reading, the pink series, is composed of only CVC words and can be started as soon as children have a firm letter sound (phonemic) awareness.
CVC words are the first step to unlocking the mysteries and wonders of the English language, and while many teachers and parents wait until children have a firm grasp of all letter sounds and blends, I introduce simple CVC words early so that children can understand why we’re learning all of these letter sounds, and to act as an intrinsic motivation to continue working on our phonemic awareness. (When they see the reward of a “hard task” it is more encouraging to keep learning.)
Children start to learn their letter sounds in Reception, then start to ‘blend’ sounds to read words.
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As a first step children focus on decoding (reading) three-letter words arranged consonant, vowel, consonant (CVC words). They will learn other letter sounds, such as the consonants g, b, d, h and the remaining vowels e, o, u. A child who already knows all their letter sounds might be shown the CVC word ‘pit’ and asked to read it out loud.
This is the point where they are required to use their knowledge of the individual sounds of each letter and ‘blend’ these letter sounds together, so they are saying the whole word and not three individual sounds.