Alphabetic Principle

Definition

The idea that letters and groups of letters match individual sounds in words.

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The Alphabetic Principle: From Phonological Awareness to Reading Words Inforgraphic

The alphabetic principle is a critical skill that involves connecting letters with their sounds to read and write. Learning and applying the alphabetic principle takes time and is difficult for most children. Explicit phonics instruction and extensive practice are important when teaching children to learn the alphabetic principle.

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Schools & Districts
Topic: 
Beginning Reading

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Oregon Reading First Center

Read presentation slides summarizing ways to enhance alphabetic principle instruction in core reading contexts.

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Center for Early Literacy Learning

This guide describes practices to help your preschooler learn about sounds and letters of the alphabet.

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