Step Three to Reading - Phoneme Blending

A Critical Step to Reading Mastery

alphabetic principle

Both phoneme blending and the alphabetic principle skills are required for your child to be able to decode (read) words successfully. Numerous research studies show that the inability to read proficiently typically stems from no training or improper training in these skills. If your child's reading is hesitant or choppy, be assured she needs practice with these two skills before moving on to the next levels, finally becoming a confident, successful reader.

p>The ability to read words requires mastery in what is called "phoneme blending" or "auditory reading". Numerous research studies show that the inability to read properly typically stems from no training or improper training this skill. If your child has mastered phonemic awareness and the alphabetic principle, he is ready to be trained in phoneme blending.

In an example of phoneme blending, you would teach your child to turn the three sounds /d/ + /o/ + /g/ into the word 'dog'. This blending technique doesn't involve any letters. You can say two or three letter sounds in succession and ask the child what word those sounds make.

Be sure to use our checklist to find exactly where your child is at in reading, where any gaps may be and the right materials to use.

At first, your child might find it difficult to learn how to blend sounds together into words because they are developing new neurological pathways. But, persistence and patience will eventually lead to mastery. This skill is vital in preparation for the next, more difficult step of phoneme segmentation.

It's imperative to use only properly designed games and activities that teach this skill. The products we created below are the very best available for learning how to blend letter sounds into words. When using these products with your child, it's best to start off with the two or three phoneme words before moving to words with four or more

To help build strong blending skills, these games include a large variety of words not found in other blending products. This also helps children develop a large vocabulary of words they will later recognize and be able to correctly pronounce.

The Best Products Available for Teaching Phoneme Blending


Phoneme Blending Apps

ABC Magic Reading 1 word reading games

ABC READING MAGIC 1

Short Vowel Words

Your Child will learn how to blend, segment and read 3-letter, short vowel words

This exciting game app introduces your child to CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words, such as "cat", "box" and "rug". It reinforces letter sound knowledge and helps children learn the essential reading skill of segmenting.

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word reading ABC Magic Reading 2 app

ABC READING MAGIC 2

Consonant Blends

This app focuses on consonant blends-CVCC (consonant-vowel-consonant-consonant) and CCVC (consonant-consonant-vowel-consonant) words, such as "land", "jump" and "nest". It also reinforces letter sound knowledge and helps children learn the essential reading skill of segmenting.

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