How do I develop blending by reading spring flower words, especially when spring has arrived? I add these spring flowers to reading groups or centers to develop blending, the phonemic awareness skill needed for reading.
Reading spring flowers contain real and nonsense word to focus on the way that sounds go together when blending sounds. By adding nonsense words, you are developing phonics skills to make sure kiddos can read using the sounds. Reading words on these spring flowers help develop blending in a fun and engaging way.
Beautiful tulips sorted into pots is the perfect way to practice reading fun words along with the sorting skill! Check out this FREE Sort of Short e Words to try sorting and blending short e words.
Successive blending, the Best Way to Develop Blending
Many beginning reader have difficulty reading words even though they know the sounds. Successive blending can help! It also helps students that have memory issues and phonemic awareness issues so I teach every kiddo how to do successive blending. The easiest way I explain it to the kiddos is, “make the sounds touch.”
How to Develop Blending
1st-Say each sound in the words. /b/ /e/ /d/
2nd-Make the first two sounds touch /be/ then add the last sound /d/
3rd-Make all the sounds touch /bbeedd/
4th-Say the word fast-bed
5th-Decide if the word is real or make believe and sort.
6th-Put the word into a sentence or make up a silly sentence (if it’s a nonsense word).
Here’s how I explain Blend Phonics, for teaching blending…it may change what you do with learning sight words! It has made a huge difference with my kiddos!
How I Develop Blending with Spring Flowers
Spend some time working on 1 vowel at a time! Pull the words from a basket! Read the word following the blending procedure and sort the words into a short vowel pot or nonsense word pot! Sorting is a higher skill so it takes some thought for the kiddos!
Develop Accountability and Home/School Connection
After reading the word, write it on a recording sheet to take home and share with families!
The recording sheet tells what was practiced at school and asks the family to practice the words! This makes a great home/school connection!
Once we have practiced all the vowel sounds, mix up all the tulips and then sorting them by the vowel sounds! Yep, sorting again to develop the brain!
How do we make blending with spectacular spring flowers even more fun?
Hop around the table to sort the middle vowel sounds! Adding a little movement and learning increases!
What do you do to make things even more fun? Comment and let me know!
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