I am embarking on round four of teaching a kid to read. Hello, Bob books, my old friends, how are you?
Each and every time I am struck anew at how blending sounds appears an intuitive step to adults.
And how completely not so to kids.
If you approach it with fresh ears, Muh.....Aah.....Tuh truly sounds nothing like Mat. Even if you encourage the holding out of one sound til the next begins, MuhhhhhAahhhhTuh, it still doesn't sound like Mat. And even if you do it quickly, at some point you will make an unfounded leap from MuhAhTuh to Mat.
Try it yourself.