Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing that takes into account phoneme-grapheme correspondence as a function of the patterns in which they occur. Through minimal pairs, analogy and the study of roots, regular words in English spelling can be mastered. Phonics explicitly sensitizes students to language patterns to help them generalize orthographic skills to new words. In contrast, the whole-word method requires students to memorize words as a means of achieving correct spelling, which has its place for high-frequency and other irregular orthographies. In analogy to English, similar word categories can be described in German. The game presented here is based on the German bi-syllabic structure and teaches children the most important fundamental German spelling rules in a game-like manner.
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