Recently, my literacy coach has shared a blending routine with me. We used to just display the whole word and have students blend the sound, but that served our strong readers a disadvantage. They would read the entire word and not practice the skill of blending. This also hindered our students who struggled to read because they would just dictate what they heard another child say.
HERE IS THE SOLUTION!
Sound, Sound, Blend, New Sound, Blend (all parts), New Sound, Blend (all parts/whole word)
Students are only showed one letter (or digraph) at a time. Students can say the sound for the letters they see on the screen. When they see more, then they will blend the sounds together. A picture of a star will indicate that no new letters will be added and it is time to blend all the sounds together to read the whole word.