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Phonics & Decoding

December 31, 2013

What is Phonics & Decoding?

Phonics is a form of instruction to cultivate the understanding and use of the alphabetic principle, that there is a predictable relationship between phonemes (the sounds in spoken language) and graphemes, the letters that represent those sounds in written language and that this information can be used to read or decode words. Decoding is the method or strategy that a person uses to decipher a group of letters into a known word or phrase.

What it feels like to me: A child’s perspective

When a child has a difficulty or frustration, they are usually unable to express what is causing this feeling. Instead they may say, “I hate this!“, “It’s stupid!“, or they may avoid the task all together. Those few children who are able to express themselves often tell me:

 

What I see at home: A parent’s perspective

Here are some clues for parents that a child may be having reading difficulties as a result of his or her phonics and decoding:

 

What I see in the classroom: A teacher’s perspective

Here are some clues for teachers that a child may be having reading difficulties as a result of his or her phonics and decoding:

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