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Lesson 16:

Taylor teaches how to decode words

Taylor teaches her children how to read words, or decode, by the following method. First, she writes on the board some easy words such as dog, cat, and pig. Then she points at each letter of the word in sequence, stating its sound. For example, dog is decoded letter by letter by starting at the beginning of the word- /d/-/o/-/g/.

The Alternative Lesson Plan

Many children have learned successfully with this lesson.  But for those who continue to struggle, the alternative lesson plan is as follows:

  • Teach decoding in a way that is more efficient  for young children’s limited mental capacities.

This method consists of teaching reading by having children decode letter by letter. With this method, a child may have to sound out the individual letters multiple times (and fast) before actually “hearing” the word. Some children may find this process mentally draining, especially for longer words.  As a result, these children may try to avoid decoding and “read” by guessing, looking at the pictures for clues, recognizing words, or recalling the story.  These children need alternative methods for learning to read.

Improve your instruction of young learners

To learn the specific methods for teaching this lesson, please see Programs and Get the Books.