Why does Phono-Graphix work?
Because it takes into account the nature of the learner;
The nature of the learning child is that he/she:
• has concrete logic
Children are very literal. They don't think in rules or generalizations. To them a 'long u' looks like this and a 'short u' looks like this, and they will really be confused when the u sounds in super and put don't fit either rule.
• seeks identification
Often a child's favorite question is "What's that?". So when they're struggling to read b oa t why not just tell them what they need to know? "This is 'oe'. Say 'oe' here."
• seeks order and meaning
Another favorite question is "Why?". "Why does this make a 't' sound?" Because we all agreed to say 't' when we see it! Any other reason is an artificial invention, and is confusing to the child.
• learns best in context
Context is the the circumstances in which a particular event occurs. So we don’t teach the code in key words, or to represent initial sounds in words, but in the context for which it was intended - to read and spell whole words.