Once kids familiarize themselves with each letter and the sound they make -- starting with consonants, and then vowels (which are more difficult to distinguish from each other) -- it's crucial that they learn how to string the letter sounds together to make words. This is the foundation of "sounding it out".

You and your child can read and rhyme together with this fun set of "Word Family Sliders." From hat to cat, top to pot. These word slides keep little hands busy while working on the important skill of blending.