What we did broke down into a number of skills:
- letter identification
- letter sounds
- vowel sounds (nekudos)
- blending letter sounds with vowel sounds
- reading the word as a whole
- reading comprehension
When we got halfway through the word "elokim" (bereshis bara elokim), and he had read the aleph, blended with the chataf-segol, the lamed with the cholem, and the hey, he said, "elokeinu!" I said here it was elokim. and that elokeinu is elokim shelanu.