Deeper Dive: and
Word Story Text
And is a great word for beginning readers.
It is a high frequency word.
It is a short word that will be decodeable once a child is taught the letter sound correspondences for the three letters in the word, and it is a word with lots of friends. Once a child has learned how to sound out the word and, why not use the word when practicing other letter sound correspondences?
For example, when talking about the letter sounds for B, L, and S, you can talk about how and has the friends band, land, and sand.
These high frequency words like and that have predictable pronunciations from their spelling, provide a great opportunity to present words with their friends in order to demonstrate that there are spelling patterns that are common across many words.