Part 3: Reading (blending)

What is blending?

When reading, children need to understand the meaning of the words. Before they can do this, they have to be able to work out what the words say. The phonic skill for this is to look at the letters, say the sounds and hear the word. This is called blending.

In the beginning most children are not able to do this, and need to be taught. With the ability to blend the children are able to read unknown regular words. They are also in a far better position to master the irregular words, as no words are completely irregular.