What is Oral Blending?
Oral blending is breaking words down into their smallest units of sounds (phomemes). N.B Some reading schemes call oral blending - 'Fred Fingers' or 'Finger Phonics'.
At school children are taught this process, such as:
c - ar has 2 sounds or phomemes
h - a - t b - oa - t sh - ee - p have 3 sounds
t - r - ai - n has 4 sounds
Oral blending helps your child identify and hear sounds in words and accelerates their ability to decode words (read) and spell.
Many early years teachers give instructions using oral blending. This might feel odd to tell your child to go and get your c-oa-t or sit on their ch-air but, as you know children do a lot of strange things at school like being told to walk in lines, or sit in circles or putting up their hand to speak - all things that maybe don't happen at home.
When children learn to read they segment the word into the smallest units of sounds and then blend the sounds together to say the word.
If you can start this process before the child can read, they will start to hear the sounds in the word.
Miss Damini demonstrates oral blending in this video...
Whist you are orally sounding out the word put up a finger for each sound that you say (see picture below).
Look out for our next blog "Sound Sorting Games" - it will be up next Friday...