Blending letters – Help! My child is having trouble learning to blend letters! Affordable Systematic Phonics Reading Curriculum that Teaches Letter BlendingSaturday, June 19th, 2010
Blending Those Letters Together
Is your child having trouble blending letters?
Begin by teaching your child the sound represented by all the alphabet letters.
When you come to the vowels, teach just short vowel sounds at first.
Don’t worry about the long vowel sounds yet. A good systematic phonics program such as Candy 4WAY Phonics for just $9.97 will introduce plenty of practice with short vowel blending. Long vowels will be taught after your child has become proficient and fluent in blending short-vowel words.
Pronounce each letter sound correctly and have your child repeat the sound.
For example, the letter d does not say “duh.” It says “d.”
To print rhyming flashcards for all the letter sounds, go to http://www.candy4wayphonics.com/free_phonics_stuff.htm
The rhyming flashcards found at this webpage give a picture along with each letter sound to help the child associate and remember what each letter sounds like. Eventually, cover up the pictures so that the child sees only the letters.
Have your child loudly “punch” the vowels when speaking them aloud so that he can easily hear the distinction between their sounds. Hearing and speaking this distinction is vital!
After your child can accurately repeat all the letter sounds without the use of pictures, he is ready to blend a beginning consonant with a vowel.
Using what teachers call “blend ladders,”teach your child to blend two letters together in one of two ways:
1) Using a pointer, point to the beginning consonant letter, have your child say the consonant sound, and then blend that consonant sound into the vowel sound.
2) Using a pointer, point to the vowel first and have your child repeat the vowel. Then, using a pointer, take your child back to the beginning consonant sound and blend that consonant sound into the vowel sound (see illustration in blue – below)
Either way, be sure and use a pointer (the point of a pencil will work fine). Use the pointer to focus your child’s eyes where you want them to be focused.
When blending a consonant with a vowel, sweep the pointer under the consonant and then under both the consonant and the vowel at the same time your child blends the two letters together. Move your pointer slightly faster than the child pronounces the blend.
Some children pick up blending right away while others may learn gradually over an extended period of time (days, weeks, or months.), and others suddenly “get it” when you least expect it.
The key is to present that very first blending lesson every day, twice a day, calmly and patiently always presenting that very first blending lesson as if it’s the first time you’ve ever given the lesson. Your goal is to convince your child he is smart and to give him the time he needs to “catch on” to blending, no matter how long that takes. This one skill, blending, will make the difference in your child’s reading abilities for the rest of his life!
Once your child has learned to blend two letters, he will be ready to tack on a third consonant letter in order to read three-letter, short-vowel words.
After that, he will need to go through a systematic phonics program that will carry him step-by-step through plenty of practice reading short vowel words that begin with single consonants and then on to short vowel words that begin with consonant digraphs. He’ll also need that phonics program to help him through long-vowel sounds and then through all the other phonograms.
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4) Colored Alphabet Rhyming Phonics Charts with Multisensory Vowel Helps
5) Colored Rhyming Alphabet Flashcards
6) Colored Lifetime Rhyming Phonics Charts to give your child a lifetime of phonogram retention.
7) Continuous Daily Phonics Drill
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P.S. Candy 4WAY Phonics also offers affordable, printable phonics games to further help children learn CV blends and CVC words. Did you know that 62% of the English language is made up of short vowel words and syllables (CVC words and syllables)?