Teaching Consonant Blends
Underline consonant blends separately to bring attention to and provide visual support to remind students that each letter makes its own sound.
Underline digraphs such as /th/, /sh/, and /ch/ with one line to give students the visual cue that the two letters come together to make one sound.
Brain specialist, Fritz Mengert, says that by making a red dot in the center of the word helps students focus on the middle rather than just the beginning of the word.
Using a red dot can also increase reading fluency. Place a red dot at the end of the line of text and ask students to "read to the dot." The red dot gives students a focal point to aim toward. This tip is for students who have trouble reading an entire line of text from left to right.
I was also thinking the red dot tip would work with word family words. When you want students to recognize the word family quickly and blend only the first sound with the rest of the word, it seems to me that the red dot would help set the word family word apart from the rest of the word making it easier for students to see and read. You could also use the underlining technique here and underline the word family part with one line to provide a visual cue and set it apart from the rest of the word.