Lesson 16:

Taylor teaches how to decode words

Taylor teaches her children how to decode or read words by the following method. First, she writes 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/.

Why this lesson falls short for some children...

This method consists of teaching decoding 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. This can be mentally draining, especially for long words. Since this process exerts a lot of mental work, some children may try to avoid decoding and “read” by guessing, looking at the pictures for clues, recognizing words, or recalling the story.

Learn to teach this lesson properly

  • Teach decoding in a way that is more efficient and practical for young children’s mental capacities, including dyslexic children.

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