Learning to recognize words and blend sounds helps children read and understand words with greater fluency and accuracy. Children learn how to read complex words by breaking the words into pronounceable word parts. Learning to recognize letter patterns and word parts help children read with greater fluency, accuracy, and comprehension.

The strategies and supporting activities described below are taken primarily from Supporting Your Child’s
Reading at Home
, a resource developed by REL Southeast and informed by the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)
Practice Guide titled Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade.
This resource is part of a series of instructional briefs designed to help families, afterschool providers, and other
caregivers support their children’s early reading instruction while learning at home or in a hybrid learning environment.