After Blending, Your Child is Ready for Segmenting
Segmentation has long been recognized as the most essential skill for helping children become great readers. There have been numerous classrooms and studies that have consistently demonstrated the benefits of segmentation practice for emerging readers.
An example of practicing this skill with your child is presenting an image of a cat and saying, ‘cat’ - /c/ /a/ /t/, then asking her to say it with you, ‘cat’ - /c/ /a/ /t/.
Phoneme segmenting abilities is the marker many educators use to determine whether kindergarten to first-graders will be successful in reading. If they have difficulty segmenting words, they will be plagued with problems reading.
The segmenting products we have below were carefully designed using various fun games and lessons. They will help your child build powerful segmenting skills and lead them to the next skill of reading words.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.
Move from Segmenting to Word Building
The best way to help prepare your child for decoding words is to practice word building with 3-letter phonetic CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words. Word building is encoding, which also includes segmenting skills and alphabetic principle knowledge. Word building first requires a child to segment out a word, like "hat", into its three sounds. The next step requires placing the corresponding three letters in the proper sequence, "h", "a" and "t". Don't confuse this process with spelling. The goal of word building is to strengthen your child’s understanding how the sequence of letters in printed words represents the sequence of sounds in spoken words. Word building strengthens your child's concept of the alphabetic principle at the word level.