Hameray Classroom Literacy Blog

Letter Buddies Part 2: Blends

This is a guest blog post by Marcy Godesa, a first-grade teacher from Oregon who blogs over at  Searching for Teacher Balance . If you like what you read here, be sure to check back here for more of her guest blog posts!  

It is always a great find when you have one resource that continues along with your students as their learning grows and develops. That is why I am still loving the  Letter Buddies series  from Hameray Publishing.

You can read all about how I used the  first stage of   Letter Buddies   with my developing readers here . We have since moved into blends, which is huge for my readers! I am so proud of them and the connections that they have been making.

The blends books, which are the next stage in the  Letter Buddies   series are the perfect bridge to sight word development that all developing reading must achieve.

Just like the first stage, the blends books have a sight word book,  Letter Buddies Blends , and a pattern book,  Letter Buddies Best Friends , that complement each other.

After reading and reviewing the sight word book, my kiddos practiced building the words and finding connections between other words that they have learned.

They then applied these new words to the pattern book. The success they have with the pattern book is incredible because they are familiar with the words, thanks to the sight word book. 

If you haven't checked out the  Letter Buddies  series from Hameray Publishing, get on it.  I cannot say enough great things about these books.

What is your favorite tool for supporting your developing readers?  Leave a comment below.  I would love to hear from you.


Click the images below to read about the  Letter Buddies Blends  and the  Letter Buddies Best Friends .