Blends consist of two or three consonants grouped together. While there are dozens of two-letter blends, there are only four common initial three-letter blends, and they all start with s:
- SPL as in split
- STR as in string
- SCR as in scrap
- SPR as in spring
Unlike in multiletter phonograms like sh, each letter in a blend keeps its own sound. When your child sounds out a word containing a blend, each letter should be pronounced during the blending process. With practice, your child will recognize the three-letter blends and be able to blend them quickly while reading, as we do in everyday speech.
When we introduce blends in All About Reading Level 2, we use the letter tiles. Here’s an excerpt from the teacher’s manual showing how we do this:
After your child understands the concept, three-letter blends can be practiced with our Word Flippers.
Click here or on the graphic below to download the Word Flippers for Three-Letter Blends.
Cut apart on the dotted lines and staple. Then your child can practice words like strap and spring by flipping through the pages!