What is blending?

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Blending is the process of forming a word by combining parts of words.


In blending you sound out a sound or phoneme and combine it with the next sound or phoneme of the same word. Eventually, all sounds or phonemes of a word form the word itself.


Blending is used in the phonics approach to teaching reading and works well with phonemic orthographies.


Here are some examples of blending:

  • When you blend the sounds /b/ /a/ /t/ , they become the word bat.
  • When you blend the syllables /ba/ /na/ /na/ together, they make the word banana.

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