The students learn how to decode every word exactly the same way by UNITS, as illustrated below. With this approach, they know immediately when they hit an "exception" because they will come up with a "nonsense" word when decoding words only with the Reliable Phonics Facts. They make a squiggle next to an "exception" to set it clearly apart, as in the word "have" below. How do they handle it? They simply twist the mispronunciation of the word into the meaningful context of the sentence (Ex. How many crayons do you hayv?) or (if necessary) they look up the phonetic respelling in the dictionary (hav) :
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Accelerated Procedure for Independent Decoding
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