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Blending in CVC Words: Word Blending Practice

In my previous article, I mentioned about CVC words, word list and ways to teach CVC words. Also, I had touch based about blending and ways to blend CVC cards.

Now, follow this article to understand in-depth about Blending Sounds for CVC words. Yes, you as a parent must always stand on your toes to carve your little one’s future. Do not worry; I have created a detailed list of things in this post. You can easily make use of the free printable from here. I have collected these materials for my kid and have seen success in my teaching journey to my little one.

You can also get more information about how to go about using these materials. You can download various worksheets, activities, and games for free.

With my experience, I have made your journey of teaching your kids blending CVC words very simple.

I’ll take you through the entire process and explain every section in detail.

Blending Sound Activities

I know you have taught CVC words, blending and segmentation to your child. Even you are done with CVC words with picture and without a picture.

Now involve the child in a series of blending sound activities. Ask me why? This sequence of actions will improve the Phonemic Awareness.

Just use the intervention activities given for your perusal. You need not use all at once but can practice with your kid in different intervals.

Talk with a turtle stuck on a stick – Do I sound funny? No, I am not. Allow your child to identify the blending sound by coming forward with a picture of a turtle stuck on a stick.

Next, I used the famous rhyme Old Mac Donald Had a Farm song to blend animal names. Make use of this tune and emphasize on the animal names. Every time ask the kid to mention the animal name in the place of the “On his farm he had some ____.” CVC words like Rat, Cat, Bat, Dog, Hen, Cow, Fox, and Cub, etc. Now ask your kid to brainstorm more animal names using CVC word list. You can also try!

Phonemes are blending activity; I used the pictures of CVC words with the number and blended sounds corresponding to the number.

Make puzzles of pictures and ask your kid to arrange them to identify the image. You name them and teach the sound.

Changing that Word- In this intervention activity, make use of phoneme replacement.  Allow you kid to say a word and repeat the same word in a different sound.

Sounds confusing? Find example below.

You say Hop and let you kid repeat. Now replace h with k. Not the alphabet K but the sound. Yes, Cop. Let your little one repeat. Done, Simple.

You can use more than one activity in a day. But remember at least to spend 15 minutes to make practical use of blending sounds.

Blending Activities For Kindergarten

Now, the real concern begins. Yes, to do some blending activities with your seven-year-old. The real challenge to make the kindergarten going little ones to listen to you. They will always talk praising their teachers at this age. You may not know as their teachers know.

I know I am reflecting your thought. Welcome to the club and join hand with me. But, still, I made it happen with my little one successfully in blending activities.

Introduce blending procedures as [sound-by-sound] and [whole-word] blending.

This time allow you kid to play with printed words. Pick up as many words required from here.

Visual Blending and Phonics blendings are the same. The capability of your kid to connect the sounds of each letter and form a word.

See the words and spell them connecting the letters. You can use auditory blending by making them listen to spoken words.

Follow these steps to benefit 5X

First, begin with oral blending activity. You speak the word and ask your kid to repeat the word. This will make them familiar with words. Tell the letters separately, then connect them and finally the word. This way they get a hold on the sounds.

Next, do visual blending. Show them pictures of the words and ask them to spell the letters, connect and make them words.

The seven-year-old kid can quickly pick up and will have fun too!

Blending Sounds Worksheets

Now, I will introduce you to the worksheets. Yes, it’s time to make them work independently assigning some worksheets. Pick any worksheet from this page and follow my techniques to make your little one become an expert in blending CVC words.

My worksheets focus on the three lettered CVC words. Vowel comes in-between consonants on both sides.

Styles of Worksheets I used are listed as follows

  1. CVC Words Worksheet – Missing Letters

Use this sheet and ask your little one to fill the missing letter. E.g., Pen, Hen, etc. To make it more useful, I have given different sheets with missing o, e, a and much more. Make them blend the sound by seeing the picture in the worksheet and identify the spelling. Do not tell them that they need to fill with A or E etc. Allow your little one to find out. You will be surprised to see them doing it easily.

  1. Forming a Ladders

Make a word ladder. Let them start from the bottom. Fill one letter missing in each word and progress up on the ladder filling one letter every time.

  1. Building Words

Cut letters and paste them on the worksheets. Ask your little one to cut and paste the missing letter. This helps to improve the motor skills. Yes, double bonanza. Can learn and do some art work.

  1. Making Sentences

This time you must ask them to make small sentences. That helps them to take the next step towards learning.

Blending Sounds Kindergarten

I agree with you after so many activities and worksheets still you may come across the kid finding it difficult to understand. But, trust me you are not alone. Most of the kids may have some gaps.

Sometimes some major troubles may arise. I have identified few and suggested ways to arrest them. See if you fit into any area and fix them.

Phonemic knowledge for kindergarten kids

Blend the initial sound with other two words and list all rhyming words.

Eg: c+at = cat , b+at =bat, r+at = rat. You got the idea right? Get going.

Even if required, get back to the basics of mixing all three sounds in the word. But, this time in a sentence. I love my /c/+/a/+/t/ = I love my cat. Kids always need extra. Don’t treat them like kids always. They can speak sentences as well!

Now, I asked my little one to come out with new sentences blending CVC words. To my surprise, she could do a lot better.

Remember, you must stick on to the same sounding words and replace letters till they get a grip on it. Introducing too many sounds will confuse them.

Its activity time to blending sounds you kindergarten angel or prince

Guessing Silly Sound – Sounds Silly, No very useful.

Only take two sounds. You can decide on your own. No hard and fast rule. Afterall you’re the mom to your kid.

I took /mmmm/ and /aaaaa/. I told them loudly.  I now called my little one to tell it, and she could not control her laughter. Yes, the word I chose is her all favorite time word – “ma.”

Guessing Secret Word

Now I picked a word and told the sound to my kid. But I showed no pictures. She must blend the sounds and say the name. When it was difficult, I gave her clue. You can make your child think more using this activity.  Take advantage of the attached printable sheets and learn along with your kids.

Stretching the Words

I asked my daughter to put the hands in front of her and act as if stretching a rubber band. She got it perfectly right. Now have fun pulling all words. When she stretches, she understands the sound of each letter better than before. You can buy some rubber snakes and pull them when your kid pulls the word.

Consonant Blends Games And Activities

The two best ways to make blending sound natural is to know the visual and auditory senses. Yes, Phonics – Visual Blending and Phonemic – Listening and Blending (break the words into smaller divisions).

You must make your kid understand the consonant blends and allow them to read it and you can quickly get them master any long words. This can be achieved through activities, worksheets, assessment, and games. The first tow I covered already now let me walk you through the games.

Your child deserves some games as well. Play time is an ideal time to make them understand blending better.

Download my games and have fun.

Bingo Games

You will have a bingo game sheet. Each box will have the consonant blend. Respective cards also will be provided.

You pick and card and read it. Your kid must find the consonant blend and close that box with a block. When he/she gets all five squares covered with blocks, they win the game. You can also engage a couple of more kids on holiday with this match. One who covers all boxes first is the winner.

Matching Pictures

This time make flash cards with a consonant and corresponding picture cards.

Ask your kid to match the image to the flash card. Try and make it more enjoyable by first showing the pictures and close it. Then for the respective flash card ask them to identify the image. They can improve their memory power to find the closed card.

Alphabet Tiles

Now, take a bag and put all the alphabet tiles into it. Ask kids to take one at a time. When they find a consonant blend, they get one point. Slowly keep track of time to make them work more efficiently.

Blending CVC Words IEP Goal

Ok, I will tell you some details in this section regarding the goals and IEP

I know you may start teaching your kids for fun initially. But slowly you will start digging deeper. I appreciate your dedication. So you must start thinking about the following things.

Are you on the right track?

Is your kid on par with other children?

How to do goal setting?

And more questions. I will help you to ease out from this excitement. When you know that your child needs special education support, check these goals to measure your kids understanding level to identify the right school.

The Individualized Education Program called as IEP has made a document for every public school that teaches special kids. A team of people makes this report and review on a yearly basis.

Make sure that your child requires special education. Never decide without checking the goals of the IEP.

IEP Goals

These goals are set based on the study conducted on different kids. These can give you a base to understand about your child’s standard.

Never worry about the current disability you can win by closely working with your kid.

These goals are written to be measured in one year.

IEP Goal Source

You can get some idea from the goal sheet mentioned above.  Remember not to push your child. The goals are attained by few kids at grade 1 and others gradually till grade 3. So just teach the kid and expect no immediate results.

Blending CVC Words Song

Now, another great way to teach blending words by singing. Songs always help kids due to the music, beats and the rhythm. So this time I tried with songs.

I will cover the entire alphabet for the beginning sounds for all the CVC words.

Have fun by letting your little one sing along using CVC word songs.

The tune does the magic in every song and hence learning becomes easy.

Use a technique to mix meaningful words and words that make no sense. I did this exercise, and it worked. Cup, cap, cop, cep, cip. I played a tune and practiced my kid to sing along. She blended the word C-U-P and found out by the sound that it is meaningful. Similarly, C-E-P made CVC words helped well than other activities to my kid.

You can find many songs here for different CVC word families. Listen to this CVC song before agreeing with me.

And the important feature about playing songs is, you can take some rest as your kid will listen to the song and watch the video to teach you blending sounds of CVC words. Do you think I am exaggerating? No, songs have that power to make your kid learn faster.

I still remember my childhood rhymes but not any physics concepts taught when I grew up. The tune and music have got the power.

Blending CVC Words Assessment

Now some serious time, please. Yes, give your little one some test. But you don’t know how to go about. Just download my assessment sheets. You can copy my question or inspire to get more questions. But the basic rule is to give some assessment once in a week to see the progress.

Different Types Of Assessments

CVC Words Assessment by Oral Blending

You must say the sound and the child must blend and find the word.

E.g. , Speak the sound of m-a-n. Your child must combine it together to form the word man. Keep a sheet of Ten CVC words printed with the sounds you will speak. Adjacent to it has a column to put a tick if your child blends it correctly. If not write the word your child told exactly. It will look like the one given below.

CVC Words Assessment by Oral Segmenting

You must say the word. Your little one must split the letter by identifying the sound and tell noise of each letter.

E.g., You say pan. He/She must find out p-a-n.

Again the format you can use like the one given below. Print ten words and write your observation at the end.

Assessments will help you to know the kid’s progress in learning CVC words.

Strategies For Blending CVC Words

I have told you about enough activities, games, songs, and activities. In this section will just touch base on the higher details like strategies, ideas, interventions and how to teach blending CVC words, etc.

Let Me Tell You About Two Primary Blending Tactics

Two of these approaches can help your kid learn to blend sound and understand their spellings.

(1) Final or sound-by-sound blending

(2) Successive or whole-word blending.

Final or sound-by-sound blending You must know how to pronounce each sound. Pronounce them one at a time connecting the vowel and finally blend all the three letters sound together.

Remember not to blend the full word till you have thoroughly pronounced each sound separately.

For Instance:

  • Write p – Point to it and say /p/.
  • Write o. Point to it and say /o/.
  • Move your fingers below the letters po and blend them to say /po/
  • Write t. Point to it and say /t/.
  • Move your fingers below the letters pot and blend them to say /pot/
  • Encircle the word using your finger and then say pot.

Additionally, you can repeat the consonant sounds at the time of blending. Like, after saying say /p/, repeat the sound: /p/, /p/, /p/.

It is that simple.

Next, will unveil the secret about Successive or whole-word blending method.

This time you must sound out each letter without stopping between sounds.

For Instance:

  • Write pot
  • Move your fingers below the each letter and slowly say and stretch the sound for /p/ /o/ /t/ (pppooottt). Do not stop in-between the letters.
  • Then eventually compress the word from pppooottt to ppoott and finally pot.
  • Encircle the word using your finger and then say pot.

Both the methods you can follow. You will feel proud to do all these things with your kid.

Ideas For Blending CVC Words

Some creative tips to help your kid blend CVC words.

CVC Pockets

Just have a CVC pocket given to your little one. Wondering what a CVC pocket is. Nothing but an envelope with CVC words. Each envelope will have one CVC word.

Ask your kid to take the letters from the envelope and spell the sounds and keep them inside in the correct order.

Next step has more than three pockets ask them to pull out words read them and find the sound and then keep in correct order in each envelope

Pushing up blocks

Use blocks as markers. Ask your kid to push one block after he/she tells the sound. Next, he/she will push blocks together when blending the sounds. This will work wonders because the kinesthetic element improves their memory and they will focus on the CVC words sound.

You can make use of the printable blank box and ask your kid to write the letter on it. Use these

Elkonin boxes (sound boxes) and blend CVC words quickly.

Interventions For Blending CVC Words

Sometimes your kid may know the sound of the letter but find it difficult to blend it.

When you see that your child struggles to blend simple CVC words, then you need to intervene. Something went wrong somewhere. I will first try to understand few things. First, rest assured that nothing has gone out of control. I know your emotional state of mind. Follow me carefully in this section, and you can provide support to your struggling kid.

Understand if your child can blend consonant sounds and vowel sounds orally. If your child cannot say the /mat/ after hearing sounds of /m/ /a/ /t/, then he/she cannot read when you show the word “mat.”

So make sure and spend time and carry out more blending sounds in oral.

Take advantage of the BLENDING SHEET from here for free and teach your kid the easiest way to blend CVC words.

Use this sheet to support your kid to practice more.

Steps To Use This Sheet

Touch one dot at a time and say one sound. Consonant Sound first. Ask your child to move the finger on the arrow-mark and say the complete word. Repeat this for the vowel sound and at the end consonant sound. So every time you tell the sound your kid will say the word. Helps to remember the sound and blend it to the word.

Now tell the CVC word aloud and keep your finger on the wrong word. The child will identify the right word and spell each sound touching the dots.

You can practice using more sheets to provide a stronger foundation.

The kid gets drilled by touching the dot every sound and finally blending the sounds to make the complete word.

USE ANY OF THE MATERIALS GIVE HERE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD

How To Teach Blending CVC Words?

If you have gone through the entire post, you now know how to teach blending CVC words. Let me now summarize the whole content in simple words and tell you the ways to teach blending CVC words to you little one.

  • Start with simple CVC words that have pictures of the cat, rat, mug,
  • Show pictures and spell the phrase. Then blend them
  • Ask your kids to repeat the sound.
  • Stretch sounds for better understanding.
  • Make use to activities, and worksheets.
  • Play games with them.
  • Keep assessment at the end of every ten words.
  • Dance with songs and have fun to teach sounds.
  • Have a particular time to explain the concepts.
  • Play with them the other times and slowly talk about CVC words.

Practice blending CVC words as much as you can and make them a pro in blending CVC words.

I am sure you enjoyed this journey with me in knowing all about blending CVC words. Feel free to use any activity, games, worksheets, and assessments from here and have fun.

Happy Blending!

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