Teaching Children How To Read: Blending Words
What is blending?
Blending is the skill of connecting individual speech sounds (phonemes) together without stopping in between each sound to make a word.
Why is blending important?
Blending is very important because being able to mentally join speech sounds together to make words helps students to decode unfamiliar words using letter-sound patterns when reading.
Tips to Help Your Child To Blend
- Make it fun!
2. Don't Rush & Be Patient
This skill needs their full concentration. Show them you’ve got time for them to figure it out. Sound out each phoneme, tapping the corresponding letters as you do so, then give your child time to blend the word . It may take a minute or so for them to get it, but give them that ‘mental space’ to think.
3. Invest in magnetic letters
Magnetic letters are great for the fridge, and use different colors for segmenting the different sounds in a word.