Phonics

Definition

Reading instruction on understanding how letters and groups of letters link to sounds to form letter-sound relationships and spelling patterns.

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Succeeding in School: Essential Features of Literacy Development

Reading skills provide the foundation for academic success. From the beginning of school, students should be taught different ways of using language to help them learn and communicate about academic content. This brief discusses two areas of literacy development that students must learn so that they can do well in school: foundational reading skills and academic language.

Audience: 
Schools & Districts
Topic: 
Beginning Reading, Vocabulary
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.

Audience: 
Schools & Districts
Topic: 
Beginning Reading

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This video shows typical first grade reading in action.

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