How to…teach words with consonant blends

In our ‘how to…’ series we are going to delve into all things phonics instruction and give you our expert advice on developing confident readers.   *** Blending sounds together takes place in working memory which is very limited and fleeting. Words with consonant blends can be problematic. The more sounds in the word, the harder […]

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Why word-building is the number 1 lesson we should be teaching

Of all the strategies used for teaching reading, I believe that word-building is the most powerful. Why is that? Word-building incorporates two fundamental skills in learning to read: as children build a word, they learn to segment and blend. When we ask children to build a word, e.g., ‘map’ they need to segment the phonemes […]

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