Step Four to Reading - Phoneme Segmenting and Word Building

After Blending, Your Child is Ready for Segmenting

phoneme 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.

Teach Segmenting Properly with Fun Games and Activities


Phoneme Segmenting 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 1 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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Word Building Apps

ABC Spelling Magic 1 word spelling app

ABC SPELLING MAGIC 1

Short Vowel Words

This fun app shows children new ways to build and segment words. It focuses on CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words, such as "cat", "box" and "rug". It helps children learn and reinforce letter sound knowledge. This app helps children learn the essential reading skill of segmenting. Children have the option to build words using the entire alphabet or just the letters for that word.

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word reading app - ABC Spelling Magic 2

ABC SPELLING MAGIC 2

Consonant Blends

Your children will learn how to build, segment and read words with consonant blends. This app uses consonant blends-CVCC (consonant-vowel-consonant-consonant) words and CCVC (consonant-consonant-vowel-consonant) words, such as "land", "jump" and "nest". These games reinforce letter sound knowledge and segmenting, an essential reading skill.

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