Reading is a systematic code for speech. It is systematic at the level of the rime, the part of a syllable that begins with the vowel and goes through the end (“ag” in “rag,” or “age” in “rage”). Any type of phonics or whole-word instruction that ignores rimes can make it hard for your child to “get with the system.”

Try to sound this word out without looking ahead:







Words must be sounded out, but they can't be sounded out from left to right. Nobody can know what a particular vowel sound is until he or she knows the whole rime.

Reading the rime stops the guessing, the stumbling, the dysfluency. It puts the child in charge, because —

Credit from: Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski "find the vawol; Read the Rime, Learn to Read"