How to Help Your Child Blend Unknown Words

by | August 12, 2020

Have you ever noticed your child break apart a word into its sounds, but then struggle to blend it all together?

Sometimes children who are learning to read encounter an unknown word and they know the individual sounds of the word. However, when they try to blend the sounds all together, it’s not a word that they recognize or they can’t get their mouth to correctly pronounce the word. One easy thing to help them blend the sounds in the word more easily is to take off parts of the word.

So for example, if they were trying to say the word “blend” and they were having trouble blending the “b-l” sounds together, then you could say “Just leave the beginning part off. What does e-n-d say?” And then they could say “end.” Then you say, “Put an |l| sound at the beginning.” They could say “lend.” Then you could say “put a |b| sound in front of lend.” Hopefully, at that point, they can say the word ‘blend’.

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