When I was in elementary school learning to read I was often overwhelmed and frustrated with the decoding rules I learned. Nothing ever seemed to work for me like it did for the teacher! So now that I am in the teacher's seat, I look for ways to explain reading strategies in words my students understand and can relate to. More importantly, I encourage them to try a variety of strategies until they find one that works for them.
Flip the sound is a fun strategy for children because they enjoy the kinesthetic movement of flipping their hand while they are flipping the sound in the word. This strategy can be brought to life in the classroom with the use of a spatula and little imagination. Have fun, practice frequently, and send the Parent Pipeline home so parents understand what it means to "flip the sound" and will be able to assist with this strategy at home.