Remember the JOY?, the stab of joy that went through you and brightened up your day the first time you sounded out a word? It was usually a 3 letter word… mine was CAT, C-A-T. When I was in the first grade I remember sitting in a circle in Mrs. Patton’s 1st and 2nd grade classroom learning how to read. I absolutely LOVED learning new words! I remember learning how to read phonetically. We sounded out the letters, to form the words. We didn’t memorize the words first by looking at them, and how to spell them too, well that may have been second grade?Like my daughter did 25 years ago! She used to come home with 20 or more words a week and she had to learn how to spell them, and know their definition!.