When Blending and Segmenting are Mastered, it's Time to Decode Words
Decoding is the child’s ability to use their skill of letter/sound connections and proficiency in recognizing letter patterns to correctly vocalize written words. Understanding all these aspects gives children the capacity to identify familiar phrases quickly and to decode words that they have never have seen before.
Even though a few students may well have the ability to decode a number of letter/sound relationships by themselves, the majority of them require training. Our reading lessons guide beginning readers in learning these particular connections as well as the best ways to pronounce words and the ability to react properly to exceptions to the rules.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.
Words are the building blocks of sentences. Much of your pupil's reading frustrations will likely stem from the incapacity to read words. Your child will not likely be capable of reading through sentences if he cannot read words correctly. To read words properly, it's necessary to acquire good decoding abilities. Figuring out effective ways to decipher words first involves proficiency of phonemic awareness, the alphabetic principle (phonics), phoneme blending and phoneme segmenting.
In order to read words successfully, your child needs the knowledge of letter/sound affiliations. The novice reader requires a great deal of training decoding words to build self-confidence to increase their mastery before progressing forward.
The activities below were developed by specialists and will provide your student the challenge and practice needed to become very efficient at decoding and reading words and will make them equipped to proceed to Step 6: Reading Sentences.