The Decoding Chart converts words written in sounds to words written in letters. It is the vehicle for transitioning the child from sounds to letters. Its use is introduced once the child can comfortably read and write phrases.
The Chart contains the pictures of all forty-four sounds arranged in the same rows and in the same order within each row as they are in the Stamping App. Beneath each sound picture are various ways that sound may be spelled. Some sounds may be spelled several different ways, while others are spelled a single way. For example, can be spelled seven different ways, while offers only one spelling option. The spellings listed beneath each sound appear in order of frequency of occurrence in the words which beginning readers are most likely to encounter. The sound for example, is spelled more frequently with an 'f' as in food than it is with a 'ph' as in phone.
Each of the spellings that appear beneath the sound pictures are color coded. The first spelling of each sound is coded white. If a second spelling is listed, it is coded yellow. Third spellings are red, fourth spellings are blue, fifth are green, sixth are brown, and seventh are purple. The color codings indicate to the child which spelling is to be used to write the letters for a word.
The Decoding Chart does not contain all possible spellings for each sound. It does, however, contain the spellings that appear in ninety-five to ninety-eight percent of the words the child will encounter while learning to read and write.
A parent guide to how to use the Decoding Chart is included in the instructions for the Writing Worksheets.
Two Decoding Chart Apps and the Decoding Chart Download
Chart – Levels
Chart - Flip
A more child-accessible version of the Decoding Chart can be downloaded via the link below and printed out.