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Slide Sounds to Teach Reading | is a comprehensive website of educational resources for every teacher, tutor, or homeschooling parent.

I personally pay for membership and have downloaded dozens of activities and workbooks for both my own children and the students in my 3rd grade classroom.

Today, I am excited to share with you one lesson to help teach Reading exclusively listed here on this site on behalf of!

If you are just starting to teach reading to your child at home, teaching English Language Learners in the classroom, or are dealing with a struggling emerging reader, then consider using the following activity as a strategy to help.

This activity works great for kinesthetic learners, or as a motivational activity as well!  


Slide Sounds to Teach Reading

What You Need:

  • A list of three-letter words that follow the consonant-vowel-consonant pattern, such as cat, pan, bit, hop, had, did, bet, wig, dot, and jug.

What You Do:

  1. Choose a word from the list, for example, “cat”.
  2. Tell your child it’s time for her to make a human slide! Have her hold out her left arm, palm side up, at a diagonal. Then tell her that her arm is a “sound slide”, with three parts. Point to her shoulder, inner elbow, and wrist.
  3. Ready to start? There’s no time like the present! Put your child in the driver’s seat and tell her she’s going to use her right hand to slide sounds down her arm. Using “cat” as your first attempt, ask her to point to her shoulder and say the first sound: “/c/”
  4. Slide her right hand down to her inner elbow and say the short vowel sound: “/a/”
  5. Swish to the bottom by sliding her hand down to her wrist. Then say the last sound: “/t/”
  6. Once you’ve got the hang of it, go back to her shoulder and repeat the sound slide several times, speeding up each time until she is able to slide down her arm in one sweep and say the blended word, “cat.”
  7. Repeat the blending activity on her “sound slide” for other words on the word list.
  8. Got the blend down? The flip side of the coin is segmenting, breaking the individual sounds in words apart, rather than blending them together. To practice segmenting words, have her break out her trusty slide again, but this time, when you say the selected word aloud, have her point to the three points on her sound slide as she says each separate sound.

Blending and segmenting words takes practice, but it’s well worth it. These skills will serve your child well on the road to reading. And in no time, she’ll be slip sliding away!

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​{Top 25 New York Moms 2013} Jasmine is a Pastor, Teacher and Educational Consultant. She is passionate about Empowering Moms to Educate their own children Academically and Spiritually while Nurturing their Health and Wellness through Ancient Remedies. Obsessed with books, pens and the idea of a moment to herself, Jasmine blogs at and is always on the lookout for the perfect Planner.