Do you see the I in eye or the need for the w and h in why?
What about the E in bees, geez, and peas, or the C in bucks, ducks and trucks?
do you hear two Ls in bell?
To minimize cues we don’t cue a letter’s most commonly heard sound.
A makes its most common sounds in words like add, ant, bat, and can’t.
E makes its most common sounds in words like red, bed, leg, and dread.
C makes its most common sounds in words like cat, cold, car, and micro.
and so on with the Ds like dog, dry and add, and Fs like fly, face and fad.
The same is true for the G’s of dog, big, and got, and the Hs of ham, hat and hot.
The rest are the same, from I to Z, when they make their common sound,
we leave them be.
Now able to recognize a letter’s common sound on sight, next comes a cue for recognizing when letters are making their letter name sounds.
When an E sound like the E in words like sea, keys and feet, we make it bold and shiny and easier to see.
When a E sounds like an A in words like hey eight grey reindeer
instead of like
an agency for advancing the clarity of consciousness about changes in scientific uncertainty
The sounds conveyed by the c can be a ‘c’ as in agency, a near ‘s’ as in advancing, a ‘k’ as in clarity; it can join with other letters to make a larger unit as in consciousness or changes; it can represent silence as in scientific, and it makes the sound of a stronger ‘s’ as in uncertainty.
I before E?
except when your foreign neighbor
Keith receives eight counterfeit beige
sleighs from feisty caffeinated weightlifters.
I take it you already know,
Of tough and bough,and cough and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you,
On hiccough, thorough, and through?
Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard and sounds like bird,
And dead: it’s said like bed, not bead.
For goodness sake don’t call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat
(They rhyme with suite and straight and debt).
A moth is not a moth in mother,
Nor both in bother, or broth in brother,
And here is not a match for there
Nor dear and fear for bear and pear.
And then there’s dose and rose and lose –
Just look them up – and goose and choose,
And cork and work and card and ward,
And font and front and word and sword,
And do and go and thwart and cart –
Come, come, I’ve hardly made a start!
A dreadful language? Man alive!
I’d mastered it when I was five!