What we forget when we have learned to read:

Or why it can be difficult to be told to “just sound it out” : https://mytutoringspace.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/cbc4f-7mainpostersgifcopy.gif

 

Early readers begin with daily practice, preschool through grade 2 but which one of us, as adults, would easily make sense of this chart? Reading will continue to require a combination of oral help- teacher demonstrating, writing practice, and the blend of phonics with whole language.  It isn’t an either / or, it must be an interactive, comprehensive, approach to the “magic” which can happen when squiggles become words, words become ideas, and imagination inspires the reader.

 

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