FIRST, MAKE SURE YOUR CHILDREN REALLY DO KNOW
THE SOUND EACH LETTER REPRESENTS
If your child can’t blend sounds into words, make sure he or she knows the sound each letter represents, rather than the name of the letter.
What your children really need to know in order to sound out and blend, is the sound each letter represents. If they have strong knowledge of each sound/letter combination, then they can learn how to sound out words. Once they can sound out accurately and fluently, they are ready to learn to blend the sounds together.
To make sure they know the sound each letter represents, show them some of the letters, and ask them to say the sound you’re supposed to say when you see that letter. If they can’t tell you the right sound, then they might know the letter names, but they don’t know the letter sounds.
IN MY PHONEMIC AWARENESS COURSE
In my Phonemic Awareness Course, I teach the sounds, sounding out and blending. I do that because I think that learning the sounds, sounding out, blending AND letters all at once can be too much to learn all at once.
By teaching how to separate the sounds in a word, and how to blend those sounds back into a word before teaching letters, means that when students start a learn to read course, all they have to concentrate on is learning the letter for each sound.
If your child needs to learn to hear or say the sounds better, or to sound out and blend better, take him or her through the Free Introduction to Phonemic Awareness Video Package, then through the Phonemic Awareness Course.
At that stage, your child will be ready to do a Phonics course, and will find it easy to learn to read because all that has to be learned is to link each letter to its sound.
IF BLENDING REALLY IS THE PROBLEM
If your children really do know the sound/letter combinations well, and are just having trouble blending the sounds together, take them through the Free Introduction to Phonemic Awareness Package, that will be enough for them to grasp the theory of how blending works. Then they will just need practice blending.
By watching those videos with your child, you will see how I teach students about blending sounds into words. (It’s much easier to show you how to do this than explain it.) Then, you will know enough to see they sound out and blend properly – until they become automatic.