Phonological and Phonemic Awareness

Blending and segmenting

Syllables, Phonological awareness, Early reading, Decoding and Encoding, ELA K-2, ELA Kindergarten, ELA 1st Grade

Phonological and Phonemic Awareness


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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.


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


Blending and segmenting activity

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Deep Dive

Phonics is the method that helps children build systematic connections between letters and sounds. Phonics has a better impact on children’s reading ability than any other type of reading program. It has also been shown to improve spelling, particularly among Kindergarteners and First Graders.

To find out more, read our Deep Dive into Phonics report. This report provides an easy-to-understand overview of phonics and phonemic awareness - why they are important and how they are taught in the classroom - and explains all the relevant terminology. It's perfect for sharing with colleagues, friends, and to Google Classroom!


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