HOW EASY IS IT TO LEARN WORDS AS WHOLES?
In a class, where there are two types of children – one who can read and write fluently and another who are struggling in reading and writing. People who are fluent readers tend to be of the opinion that it is easy to learn words; they find it hard to understand why some children cannot learn them. It is often very difficult for a fluent reader to put themselves in the position of a struggling child. The only way to put oneself into the shoes of a struggling child and to understand what it is like is to memorize words, is to change the script.
Look at these hindi words, and try to learn them.
This may seem daunting and, for most non-hindi or non-Korean speakers, memorizing these unfamiliar symbols will prove to be frustratingly difficult. A number of you may even find that, despite your best efforts, you are unable to learn these words.
Yet this is what we expect children to do when we ask them to memorize words without first teaching them how the sounds relate to the letters. The letters of our alphabet look like mere squiggles to young children, just as these hindi-devnagri script or Korean symbols look like squiggles to us. Unless you learn hindi or Korean and learn to understand what the symbols represent, you will find it very difficult to remember these words. However, the task is not nearly so stressful when you understand how to work out the words.
Now, try this
R + a + t = Rat
It is relatively easy to learn the individual symbols that make up the word ‘Rat’, especially if you try writing out the word. It is much easier to learn these words when you have learnt the sound each symbol makes and can blend the sounds together to pronounce the word.