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Blending and segmenting
Phonological and Phonemic Awareness

Blending and segmenting


Blending and segmenting encourages children to break down words into smaller parts and then put them back together again.

Syllables are like the 'beats' of spoken language. The number of syllables in a word is equal to the number of times you hear a vowel sound in the word.

To segment syllables, children break words down into their individual syllables (segmenting) and then put them back together again to form words (blending).

Download our Blending the syllables: dress up activity below.

First, read each syllable. Then, blend them together and read the word as a whole. Write the whole word on the dotted line below.


Common Core Alignment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.B Count, pronounce, blend, and segment syllables in spoken words.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.D Use knowledge that every syllable must have a vowel sound to determine the number of syllables in a printed word.


The word boat has only one syllable (boat). The word January has four syllables (Jan-u-ar-y).


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Deep Dive

Read our report on the Science of Reading. Research-based reading instruction must incorporate the 5 pillars of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This report provides an easy to understand overview of each of these pillars and explains the important connection between how the brain learns to read (the Neuroscience of Reading) and how we teach children to read (The Science of Reading Instruction). It also explains why helping children build connections between letters and sounds, through phonics and phonemic awareness, is so crucial for the developing reading mind. This report is perfect for sharing with colleagues and friends!