There is a student who was in my class last year who was doing really well for him. He knew his phonics, could hear sounds in words, he could tell you the phonemes in words, learnt sightwords and was doing just OK at reading. He then went overseas for the last term of the year and did not attend school at all (Term 4 is my big push term). This year he came back to school and went into Year 1 where he is now sounding out every single phoneme in words that he reads. Both his teacher and mother are concerned as it has slowed his reading, his fluency, comprehension, etc all because he has now developed the habit of sounding everything out. His teacher told me that words he should be able to look and say he will sound out, words with digraphs he will sound out singularly such as 'shirt', he will say all the sounds singularly but will still 'get' the word. His sister is in my class this year and she has overtaken him on reading levels (also, no planned overseas trip this year). How do you get a child who is capable to stop sounding out every sound?