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...practicing their phonics skill everyday with their teacher in a rock garden school environment. This is the image which comes before my mind, a multicultural group with fifteen different accents, and learning English as their second language. It is amazing what is revealed in their wide open eyes, inquisitive mind and keen ears. They hear, they see and they feel the sounds, the letters and the words. How can a class of twenty, six year old can be so absorbed, to decode the mystery of language and open up a whole new world of reading. They are learning to solve and decode the mystery... "What concepts, and knowledge do children need to have to become fluent readers" es of twenty, first graders are...