Decoding connects how words sound to how those sounds are represented by letters. Phonics instruction helps readers make those connections.
For example, when the letter c is followed by the vowels e, i, or y, it usually makes its soft sound, as in cell, city, and cypress. With other vowels, the letter c makes a hard sound, as in cap, code, and cut.
Phonics instruction in the classroom can help kids learn these patterns.
how phonics helps
people become better readers and spellers.