Teaching Phonics using Word Ladders: ‘in’ Word Family

In the day 1 video, Mrs. Karle teaches the students new words to increase vocabulary, and reinforce phonics.
In the Day 2 video, Mrs. Karle asks students questions to help increase the students vocabulary. 
In Day 3, Mrs. Karle teaches the students how to read and write each of the students new words.
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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound ReadingMrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.


  1. Daniele Wren says:

    Such an interesting approach, this. The word `in’ sure does get interesting in the view of a child. The beauty of phonics is in the pronouncing of the words in a way that a child is able to grasp rather well. Having taught for a while now, I know the importance of making it interesting for kids to learn. I however also found a site that makes for good consultation for teachers like me to go borrow ideas on how best to make learning interesting. Works just as well for parents too.

    Daniele Wren

  2. Dani Rren says:

    The repeated use of letters helps kids to be able to memorize therefore they are more able to use it in different ways. Mrs. Karle teaches kids to learn how to use letters to increase and improve the vocabulary of a child. Very instrumental ways of having the words stick in the mind of the child.

    Dani Rren

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