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Oct 19, 2017

Is Learning to Read as Easy as ABC? Part B.

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Edited: Nov 13, 2017

First, a quick review of A. Hearing the Sounds: If children are unsure of the sounds in a word, they will mentally hesitate. This may lower their confidence and slow their fluency.

 

Since English comprises 26 letters and 44 sounds, many letters do double duty. Also, others change their sounds in certain patterns. So learning to read can seem like lots of disjointed puzzle pieces.

 

In Alphabet Harbor, children learn how the vowels and consonants work together (Part B). Our “Smart Patterns” help them visualize the word. Just like the reader who's toting “ball” in the green cart, he knows that ‘a’ says short ‘o.’ And ‘l’ needs a friend at the end of words.