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Phonics instruction

  • helps children learn the relationships between the letters of written language and the sounds of spoken language.

Phonics instruction is important because

  • it leads to an understanding of the alphabetic principle--the systematic and predictable relationships between written letters and spoken sounds.

Phonics programs are effective when they are

  • systematic -- the plan of instruction includes a carefully selected set of letter-sound relationships that are organized into a logical sequence.
  • explicit -- the programs provide teachers with precise directions for the teaching of these relationships.

Effective phonics programs provide

  • ample opportunities for children to apply what they are learning about letters and sounds to the reading of words, sentences, and stories.

Systematic and explicit phonics instruction

  • significantly improves children's word recognition, spelling, and reading comprehension.
  • is most effective when it begins in kindergarten or first grade.

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