What Is Phonics?
The Key to Learning to Read is Phonics
Phonics is a method of teaching reading which deals with the relationship between the letters and sounds. One cannot learn to read effectively without an understanding of the relationship between the letters and letter sounds, and how they connect to form the words we see in printed text. This is one of the major reasons why programs devoid of any phonics instructions (such as whole language) produce poor reading results, and why any good reading program must include phonics as a key component of learning.
The knowledge of letter sounds and the relations between the sounds is essential in mastering the mechanics of reading.
Our entire site is dedicated to phonics and learning to read, and as you browse our page and articles, it is our hope that we will have presented a rock solid case for the use of phonics as the primary method of learning to read, such that you are convinced of its merits.
Not only will we explore the different phonics methods, we will also share with you what we feel is the most effective phonics method of teaching ANYONE to read - based on experience, research, and scientific evidence.
There are different phonics strategies you can use to teach a child to read. Which method works best? [Read More...]
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Learning the improper pronunciation of phonics sounds can lead to reading difficulties in children. Read more to see how this can cause reading problems. [Read More...]