Decoding: the ability to break down and understand how to say words
Puzzle Solving: utilization of reasoning, deduction, analysis and logical thought
Think of words as consisting of 7 possible sound pieces
Understanding & Breaking
inside of words
Words are made up of 2 or more of 7 possible sound pieces
Students of all ages can be taught how to understand and break down the sounds inside of words. This general definition of phonics can be introduced as a 7-piece puzzle and systematically presented as sound categories, one-piece-at-a-time.
Preschool phonics, kindergarten phonics, and primary phonics can be simply taught:
1.Every letter in all words represents a specific piece of sound. 2.All words are made up of two or more of seven possible sound pieces.
(The exception to this rule would be one-letter words such as /I/ or /A/).