Segmentation, or the ability to split words up into their separate speech sounds, is a crucial phonemic awareness skill. Segmentation helps students to develop spelling skills.
What is segmentation?
Segmentation is the skill of splitting words up into their separate speech sounds (phonemes). Research suggests that segmentation is a crucial phonemic awareness skill that should be taught as part of a research-based approach to the teaching of spelling.
Can you hear the individual speech sounds in this word? What are they?
Why is segmentation important?
Segmentation is a crucial skill in learning to spell since being able to split words up into their separate speech sounds helps students to encode unfamiliar words, giving them an advantage in learning to spell. Difficulty with segmentation is a hallmark of the struggling speller / reader.
Which Reading Doctor® apps help with developing segmentation skills?
Apps for teaching basic segmentation skills
The following Reading Doctor® teaching tools help you to teach students to segment CVC, CCVC and CVCC words with single letter-sound patterns (words such as 'cat, stop' and 'list'). These tools are recommended for teaching segmentation skills to beginning readers (aged 4-8) and older, struggling readers. For more information about how each app teaches students to segment words, please click on the links:
Apps for teaching students to segment longer words
Once students have mastered segmenting CVC, CCVC and CVCC words, the following tools can help you to teach segmentation skills using more complex words. For more information about how each app teaches blending skills, please click on the links: