During week 3 we embarked on the exciting journey of putting 3 letters together to form 3 letter words (consonant, vowel, consonant) also known as cvc words.
Putting 3 letter words together is known as blending. The children were exposed to 2 blending methods. We also used songs to further understand the concept. Next week we will also send in the flashcards you sent in.
Method 1 – The slide method
To read the word cat, I used the following steps.
- To read the word, I need the letters to go up the slide, c,a,t. Letter a is scared to go up so letter c helps her go up the slide.
- Letter t promises to catch her at the bottom of the slide.
- We stick c and a together. We say these two letters sounds together really fast and they make the sound ca. They go up the ladder making the sound ca, ca, ca, ca.
- They go down the slide saying the sounds ca, ca, ca, ca until they bump into the t at the bottom, and the sounds become ca-t, cat.
Method 2 – The say, stretch and blend method.
Step 1 – Say the individual sounds. In cat you say c-a-t slowly
Step 2 – Say the first 2 sounds slowly. c-a stretching each sound.
Step 3 – Add on the last sound c-a-t stretching the sounds once again.
Step 4 – Say each letter faster for about 3 times c-a-t, c-a-t, c-a-t until you hear the letters form the word.
Step 5 – Then say the word cat and clap once which means the word has been blended.
The children were very excited to start putting letters together. This is only possible if they have a good grasp of the sound of each letter.
After the above exercises we worked a cvc page as a class. We will be practicing more of the above in the weeks to come and record our work in the workbooks. The children will become more confident with more exposure just like they mastered understanding the initial sounds with practice. Below is the page we worked altogether.
These are the blending songs I use in class during such lessons. These will help you further understand how blending works.
The CVC song – Version 1
The Blending Song –
Jolly Phonics s,a,t,i,p,n Blending Tutorial
Practice Blending Sounds for Reading- CVC Words
You can find similar blending games on the following website (The icon which says cat)
As we go along practicing this skill in class I will then blog what common difficulties are usually encountered whilst blending.
If you have any difficulty about blending just let me know and I would be more than happy to help 🙂