The discussion about teaching phonics or not misses the heart of the problem. Of course children need to learn phonics. The real issue is HOW we teach children to read. There are ways of teaching that create a flash of understanding in the child's mind, an ease of learning, an indelible memory created. Imagine what would happen, how our students' experience in school would be transformed, if we prioritized facilitating this "ease of learning." Here are 6 strategies to use.