Our kids have been blessed with excellent teachers this year. Joel's two teachers are particularly good. They've put a lot of thought into how to teach him (much thought is needed!) and his report card includes many insightful comments.
His English comment amused us.
'Joel's oral reading is quite fluent and he has a good understanding of what he reads. He uses some good strategies such as re-reading, self-correcting and he makes meaningful substitutions if he does not know a word. The only strategy lacking is using phonics* to decode unknown words.'
*phonics = sounding out words