Monday, November 05, 2007
Explode the Code
I think it is worth mentioning that the makers of Wordly Wise also produce this valuable reading and writing phonics series, Explode the Code.
Though the "code" is the same for each, the process of reading,"decoding," and the process of spelling and writing, "encoding," are separate skills. Often, students who have learned to "decode" language are automatically able to "encode" using the same rules, but this isn't always the case.
Explode the Code is not meant to be a complete phonetic reading program or a spelling program, but a supplement to other programs that helps the student assimilate phonetic reading with proper spelling.
Readers with poor fluency may benefit from the extra phonetic practice and poor spellers only stand to gain from this series. On account of the humor and children's illustrations, my children find these books very appealing. There are no grade levels, but books one through eight are intended for use between the first and fourth grades.