Today we are blending. This is where a word is sounded out (segmenting) and we push the sounds in the word back together (blending). This is a vital skill for becoming fluent readers and writers.
For example: "z-i-p up your coat." In the example z-i-p is said as separate sounds and we would blend it together to get zip.
Today the children can join me to blend some simple words and afterwards I would like them to have a go at finding some objects in the house and sounding them out. They are not reading or writing the words yet!
If you child finds segmenting and blending tricky, you could sound some words out for them to find, or you could focus on them identifying the initial (beginning) sound of the object.