Part 3: Reading (blending)

Hearing the word

There are two main reasons for children not being able to hear the word when they have said the sounds:

  1. They do not know the letter sounds well enough. As soon as they see a letter, the sound should come automatically to them. If they have to pause to think, they lose track of the word. To put this right, it is necessary to revise the sounds regularly with the Flash Cards, actions and letter games.
  2. The way the letter sounds are emphasised. The emphasis should be on the first letter sound, e.g. d-o-g. If the children put the emphasis on the last letter sounds, they may try to start the word with those sounds and fail to hear the word.