Blending Made Easy with Successive Blending Popsicles

Blending Made Easy with Successive Blending Teach Magically
When we are asking our students to decode a CVC word we are asking them to first recall the sound correspondence for the letters, hold those individual sounds in their memory, then go back to blend the sounds together.

So not only are we asking them to blend, we are asking them to remember each sound. This could be a little much for our beginning readers especially kindergarten kiddos. Also, it is especially difficult for students with ADD or memory issues.

Isabel Beck, author of  Making Sense of Phonics: The Hows and Whys, explains how to do successive blending so they do not need to hold more than 2 sounds together in their memory at a time.
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How do you do successive blending?

1. Place the letter cards “n” “e” and “t” separated in a pocket chart or on table
2. Point to the “n” and say /n/                                             
3. Point to the “e” and say /e/
4. Physically slide the “e” over to the “n”
5. Slide finger along the “ne” and say /ne/
6. Point to the “t” and say /t/
7. Move the “t” card next to the “ne” to make the word “net”
8. Slide finger under “net” and say “net” slowly
9. Read the word faster
Check out other successive blending ideas.

Before focusing on blending, be sure to do a lot of segmenting practice. Once segmenting is practiced then practice, practice, practice blending with a lot of fun games and activities. As a matter of fact, you can see that hopping and matching makes this a fun game.

You can find this resource by clicking on the picture. 

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Teaching Autism

    Great blog post, thanks for sharing this info 🙂

    Teaching Autism

    1. Debora Marines

      You are so welcome!

  2. Unknown

    The "sliding the letters together" method works so well for my own kids. Great advice.

    1. Debora Marines

      Hope it helps!

  3. Teaching Little Leaders

    Thanks so much for sharing! I'll definitely try this out 🙂 Blending letters together has been helpful for my kiddos so I think they'll benefit from sliding the letters too!

    1. Debora Marines

      Hope it helps!

  4. Taryn's Unique Learning

    We use a blending board for Orton Gillingham instruction. We slide our hand across the top of the letters but I want to try it this way as well. Thanks for the suggestion!

    1. Debora Marines

      Thanks! I will have to check out Orton Gillingham.

  5. Kinder My Heart

    Sometimes we are so used to naturally saying a word, we can forget our students need to see the word in action.Thank you!

    1. Debora Marines

      Movement sometimes helps!

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