#10: Phonics - Segment 8 - Flashcards for Fluency

Summary Statement
Phonics--Segment Eight > Flashcards for Fluency 
Note:
In the IA process, flash cards are NOT USED for the rote learning of words. Words are always first taught using the phonic and structural analysis process of Phonic Pattern Hopscotch and the board drill and practice. 

The use of flash cards is crucial to the success of the program. The fluency necessary for making the large gains in word analysis skills and mastery in short periods of time is more easily achieved with the use of flash cards. 

The goal of the flash card drill is fluency and mastery. With the use of flash cards, the words that have been analyzed and taught and practiced on the board become sight words. This, together with the board reading of phrases, sentences, and the first page from the text, aids in faster acquisition of fluency. 

When previously poor readers have acquired this fluency and have mastered the meanings of the words and concepts of a text, their overall comprehension of that text dramatically improves. As students gain confidence and skills and are introduced to quality multicultural literature, their independent reading increases and they are able, many for the first time in their school career, to successfully read books of their choice. And, of course, this independent reading is a strong factor in all further development of reading skills. 

Video Credits
Workshop Participants:   Maria VanderVloedt, Jeanette Gorin, Theresa Dhondup, Michelle Peters, Patricia N. Mueller, Verna King

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