The eyes and the ‘Mind’s Ear’ work together to de-code the written word.
The 'Mind’s Ear' is the Phonemic Awareness part.
Phonics adds written form to that.
Experience your ‘Mind’s Ear.’
Read silently, and listen in your mind:
Funup, Munup Funup, Funum Funup, Fuzup
We can see that one part of the spelling has changed--and instantly ‘hear’
how and where that changes the
sound of the word.
In fluent reading, we ‘hear’ mentally without having to ‘think’ about it.
An - Fan - Fat - Fit - Sit - Sick - Sock -
Stock - Tock - Tom
We see-hear what is the same, and we see-hear what has changed.
This amazing process depends most of all, on a strong ‘Mind’s Ear,’ strong Phonemic Awareness.
We know sound, which exists in the dimension of time.
We know letters, which exist in the dimension of space.
Children had better learn well the tricky ‘Mind’s Ear’parts because . . .
In order to use Phonics fluently, children have to transform space
Written squiggles on the space of the page become passing sounds in the ‘Mind’s Ear’.
(Who said that reading is not rocket science?)
More on this topic: The Reading Treehouse -> THE WALLS: Phonics
More on Phonemic Awareness: The Reading Treehouse ->THE FLOOR: Phonemic Awareness
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