As a kid, whenever I would turn on the TV, I would inevitably see a commercial for hooked on phonics. When I was seven, all that I saw was kids having fun and reading books; and the fact that they were on television instantly caused me to ask my parents if we could buy it. Unfortunately, I never got to experience hooked on phonics, but now, looking back on how phonics is crucial to learning how to read, I wonder whether there would have been any difference in my reading development if I had focused more on phonics at an earlier age. Phonics, or phonetic decomposition, is the strategy that involves sounding out words by drawing correspondences between printed letters and sounds. Phonics along with whole word recognition are crucial to reading and it becoming an automatic response. Along with sounding out words, one of the additional aspects of phonics that makes it so successful is that there is repetition. This is an aspect of classical conditioning because they are constantly reinforcing the elements of reading so that children get conditioned to read. The concept of phonics played a very important role in my development as a reader, and I am sure many others as well. Whenever I was stumped by a word I was always told to "sound it out", and in most instances it worked. As years went on, I became familiar with more words and was able to recognize them more readily and using phonics became second nature to me.