Blending sounds into words–what an exciting step in learning to read. Once students know a few consonants and vowels, we can begin to teach them how to blend those sounds into meaningful words. Blending, for some students, is a challenge. Do you have students who know their letters and sounds and can sound out any word sound-by-sound, but yet haven’t figured out how to smoothly connect the sounds? Their reading may sound something like this: “The /b/ /u/ /g/ bug is /u/ /n/ /d/ /e/ /r/ under the /r/ /u/ /g/ rug.” For these students, direct instruction in blending will be needed.