Keys for the Teacher
In the beginning, we ask emergent readers to break words apart into individual sounds. Once this skill is mastered, children can begin to combine certain letters and sounds together into chunks to make reading more efficient. As the pace of reading picks up, the focus shifts from decoding words to reading for meaning.
Keys for the Children
Good readers look for bigger chunks of letters and sounds within words. Reading the chunk in one piece will make reading faster. The quicker you can read a word, the more time you have to think about what the word means.