Decoding Strategies for Kindergarten

Once your students have some letter sounds they may be ready to start to blend them into words. Join Jennifer and she talks with Dr. Marnie Ginsberg from Reading Simplified as they talk about one simple change you can make that will have a big impact on your blending instruction.

Your students have some sounds under their belt and they are ready to start putting them together to make some words! Yay! But what strategies do you use to get that to happen? Do you teach your students to decode sound by sound and just repeat, repeat, repeat? That’s what I always did but we have some additional strategies for you!

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We recently chatted with Dr. Marnie Ginsberg from Reading Simplified all about decoding. We planned for just one quick tip, but walked away with so many strategies that can help you teacher your students to blend.

Takeaways Include:

  • small changes can make your literacy instruction more effective for your struggling readers
  • when should you start blending with your students
  • when decoding “blending as you read” can help students to make more sense of the blending quicker (she has research)
  • how to connect decoding with meaning right from the moment you start decoding
  • what to do after the students decode the words to have continued support for decoding and blending
  • what to do when students go sound by sound and then say the wrong word
  • what is cognitive load and how can we support kids who experience an overload

You can check out more from Marnie at Reading Simplified here:

We love Reading Simplified because it is a science of reading based program that gets to the nitty gritty of what you need to do as a teacher. Yes, it’s important to know all the things, but how you implement can be overwhelming. Reading Simplified gives you the tools you need to do just that – follow best practice in practical ways that will work for you and your students.

Ready to learn more? She will teach you the next step in her 5 Day Reading Challenge: CLICK HERE

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Once your students have a good basis letter sounds they can start blending them together into words which is the ultimate goal. In kindergarten and first grade we practice blending all year long and hope these strategies will help you be the most effective teacher you can for your students.

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