Sounding Out Words / Decoding / Phonics

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About Sounding Out Words / Decoding / Phonics

Does your child have difficulty sounding out words?

Knowing which letter symbol(s) go with which sounds is what phonics is all about.

Difficulties with phonics affect both reading and spelling. Most students benefit from learning the most common sound-symbol pairings for spelling, if nothing else.

The problem and solution to sounding out words learning concern

Because English draws from so many languages, there are more possible sound-symbol pairings for each sound than in most other languages. Depending on which researcher one consults, between 80 and 97 percent of English words do follow phonetic patterns. The question is whether any given phonetic pattern occurs in words that are common enough to be worth teaching. The top 1,000 most frequently used words make up 90 percent of written English, and the top 3,000 make up 97 percent. The dyslexic student should focus on learning patterns that are common in these high-utility words rather than on less common phonetic patterns to give them access to the patterns to help them with sounding out words and for spelling. After  many years of researching word frequency the top phonetic patterns have been incorporated from these top 3000 words into the Wings to Soar Spelling curriculum.

Dyslexia results from “a deficit in the phonological component of language” for 80 to 90 percent of dyslexics. For most dyslexics, an Orton-Gillingham phonics-based approach is essential in filling that gap. It may not be the only method needed, especially if the individual has underlying auditory-processing challenges or weakness with phonological awareness. Many Orton-Gillingham-based programs start at the sound-symbol connection level, but some students need to start further back with underlying cognitive skills (mental-processing skills) or phonological awareness before they can tackle phonics.

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Online Tutoring And Intervention Options

You will benefit from our overviews of Orton-Gillingham dyslexia tutoring and online program options as you sort through the best choices for your child.

The Orton-Gillingham approach to dyslexia Intervention is considered the gold-standard for phonics intervention for dyslexics.

Our intervention specialist has expanded on the basic read-write-say multisensory elements in OG with over 75 Multisensory Learning Activities to add variety to help make the practice more fun and better engage the brain.


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At Wings to Soar Online Academy, we work with you to create a customized package that includes the programs that are just right for your unique situation. If you have curriculum that is already working for a particular learning area, we respect that and don’t want you to feel you need to enroll in more than you need with us. We want to come alongside you to help you fill in the gaps of what isn’t working. Please explore the menu of possible online programs that we offer at Wings to Soar that we could include in your child’s Path to Success™ Personalized Learning Plan on our Learning Solutions page.

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