Accurate Phonics Rules Help Students Decode 98% of Words
- Explain the exceptions!
- Prevent guessing!
- Eliminate the need for sight words!
Explicit, systematic phonics is an accurate and complete explanation of the letter-sound correspondences that logically explain the written code of a language.
Five Essential Skills That Are Crucial for Effective Reading Instruction
When students know the phonograms and sounds, they can use this knowledge to sound out words. Systematic phonics teaches students how to decode unknown words independently and identify the sounds of every letter-sound correspondence. Systematic phonics is crucial for helping students become strong readers and spellers.
When You Know the Rules, EVERY Book Becomes Decodable! 📚
English has 44 sounds or phonemes. Phonemes are blended together to form words. Words can also be segmented into their sounds.
A phonogram is a letter or a combination of letters representing one of the sounds of spoken English. There are 75 Basic Phonograms that are the common ways to write the 44 speech sounds.
When students learn vital concepts such as nine reasons for a silent final E or that C says two sounds, they are empowered to read and spell without guessing.
The Simple View of Reading states that if a student has strong decoding skills, they will be able to read and comprehend at the same level they can orally comprehend!
Teach students ALL of the sounds of A-Z from the start, then progress to the multi-letter phonograms. With older students, start in the same place, filling in the gaps in their knowledge.
When students know the phonograms and their sounds, they can use this knowledge to sound out words. When a student sounds out a word, the brain uses the sounds to identify the spoken word and its meaning.
Underlining multi-letter phonograms helps emerging readers to see the letters as a single unit of sound and provides essential information about the word.
Choose phonics-controlled texts appropriate for the age, oral language abilities and interests of the students. Students benefit from practicing sounding out words with readers controlled for phonograms and spelling rules they have learned.
Spelling rules help students identify which phonograms and sounds are used in words! When these rules are accurate, students are able to decode easily and understand the pattern behind English words.
Reading and spelling are related skills! Students benefit from spelling and analyzing words using their phonics knowledge. These skills contribute to decoding and help to build reading and writing fluency.
Mastering the foundational skills of reading requires daily practice! Students who do not practice regularly forget vital concepts and often need to be retaught. Daily practice helps to develop the long-term mastery of decoding skills and fluency in reading.