LEARNING OUR PHONICS
Keith D. James
EDU371: Phonics Based Reading & Decoding
INSTRUCTOR: KARI PETERSON
June 18, 2012
PHONICS AND DECODING 2 LEARNING OUR PHONICS
There are many different ways and styles that can be used to ensure success in the classroom. Every teacher will deliver lessons and assignments differently which does not always mean that your way is wrong, we all must remember the ultimate goal of our profession is the same, the success of our student in learning to pronounce and sound letters and words with proficiency. Sometimes as teachers we may think that because a student didn’t do so well on a particular lesson today that we did not succeed today. The art of teaching a student to read is not something that happens in a day, it is a process and during the five weeks of this class I learned many different techniques/steps in accomplishing this goal. I first listened to our video instructor as she discussed the history of our language and how it was developed from simple drawings on the wall to our current alpha beta or alphabet that we currently use and understand. The video instructor talked about understanding the sounds that each letter makes. Understanding the sounds and being able to use the phonetic sounds of the letters. We have to assure our students that the ultimate goals of the lessons are to improve their reading and writing ability. In order to do this we have to begin at the beginning. You cannot teach a student to write a word or even read a word if they do not first know how to say the word. So in my classroom with my daughter we started at the very beginning with how to pronounce the letters. Using the aah-buh-cuh’s of learning she felt kind of weird as she called it because she felt like she was in first grade again.
PHONICS AND DECODING 3 LEARNING OUR PHONICS
We discussed the learning steps required in learning to say words and she began to actually enjoy the lessons as we went through the steps on the cd’s. The use of the flash cards as we pronounced the letters was fun for her. The next thing we did was how to understand short cuts which help us to read words a little faster and combining it with the sliding technique for sounding words she began to perform the songs as she did each step. Once she got the alphabet sounds down she said them for her mother. She then began to take the cards and show her how to use them as you say the letters. She explained to her mother that she just laid the foundation to reading as the cd had explained to us. We then started our next phase of learning which was understanding our shortcuts. We grabbed our cards and began to sound out our shortcuts. This was interesting; as we went through them she immediately said what you do when they sound the same? I explained that it will depend on the letter before it when you are sounding the word. I explained that she would understand better when we get to the sliding part of the words with our shortcuts. Playing the first steps game was exciting for her even though she is twelve. Knowing that letters do not make words but the sounds do was very important. We played the First Steps game several times to ensure that we had the sounds down, it was fantastic. We then played Keys to Reading before we started to do any other activities. I was amazed at how well she did as she only made a couple of mistakes.
PHONICS AND DECODING 4 LEARNING OUR PHONICS
We made words with the cards and sounded them out to create words. During each lesson or word we did, I ensured that she understood how important it was to know the phonetic sound of every word. Sliding the letters together to create a word was what we did next. Letting her move the cards and write on the board was a great way to improve learning....