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Phonics is a key element to primary reading success. Scholastic Phonics products reflect current research from America's leading experts in early reading and phonics that provide more purposeful phonics practice through decodable readers, skills lessons (workbooks), manipulatives, and CD-ROM software.
Phonics involves the relationship between sounds and their spellings. The goal of phonics instruction is to teach students the most common sound-spelling relationships so that they can decode, or sound out, words. This decoding ability is a crucial element in reading success.
Why is Phonics Instruction Important?
Phonics instruction plays a key role in helping students comprehend text. It helps the student map sounds onto spellings, thus enabling them to decode words. Decoding words aids in the development of word recognition, which in turn increases reading fluency. Reading fluency improves reading comprehension because as students are no longer struggling with decoding words, they can concentrate on making meaning from the text.
In addition, phonics instruction improves spelling ability because it emphasizes spelling patterns that become familiar from reading. Studies show that half of all English words can be spelled with phonics rules that relate to one letter to one sound.
Teachers tell us they choose Scholastic because our products are based on a clearly defined scope and sequence and are fun to use:
Phonics involves the relationship between sounds and written symbols, whereas phonemic awareness involves sounds in spoken words. Therefore, phonics instruction focuses on teaching sound-spelling relationships and is associated with print. Most phonemic awareness tasks are oral.
Despite these different focuses, phonics instruction and phonemic awareness instruction are connected. In fact, phonemic awareness is necessary for phonics instruction to be effective. Before students can use knowledge of sound-spelling relationships to decode written words, they must understand that words (whether written or spoken) are made up of sounds. Phonemic awareness is the understanding that a word is made up of a series of discrete sounds. Without this insight, phonics instruction will not make sense to students.
Systematically and sequentially. Teachers give children plenty of practice before moving on. Your child will read short, easy books, containing the particular letter sounds or words she's working on.
Can I contribute to my child’s progress? Most certainly! Here are some easy activities you can do at home to reinforce schoolwork:
[Sources: Teach Phonics at Home and Building Phonics Skills ]
Wiley Blevins is an early reading specialist and former editorial director at Scholastic. He graduated from Harvard and has written numerous reading programs and books for teachers, including: Phonics from A to Z, Teaching the Alphabet, Teaching Phonics and Word Study in the Intermediate Grades, Building Fluency, Teaching Students to Read Nonfiction, and Phonemic Awareness Activities for Early Reading Success.
Wiley has conducted educational research on topics such as phonics, fluency, and using decodable text. He works with school districts around the U.S. evaluating their teaching practices and use of instructional materials. Wiley has also written fiction and nonfiction children's books such as MAX HAS A FISH, A NEW FRIEND, RICE AND BEANS, and BODHI AND FRIENDS. He has also completed a series of books on teaching children how to deal with bullying as well as a series of haunted fairy tales.
Want to get started on teaching phonics? Check out the free resources below, including lessons and activities, that will help you use phonics to promote reading success.
What is Phonics? How Can Phonics Help You Teach?
Why is Phonemic Awareness so Important in Phonics Classes?
How Can Picture Books Help You to Teach Phonics?
How the Readers Series Can Help to Teach Phonics?
Teach with Phonics Skills Chart
Created with the guidance of phonics expert Wiley Blevins, this chart includes key phonics skills, the approximate age most kids master them, and illustrations of mastery — plus sample activities for each skill level from Scholastic books and programs that promote phonics instruction.
Grades 1-2 Phonics Games: Crafts and games suitable for kids between Grades 1-2
Scholastic ReadingLine Kits
My First Steps to Phonics
Scholastic Phonics Boosters
Scholastic Phonics Booster Books
Nonfiction Alphabet Readers
Animal Phonics Readers
I Love Reading Phonics
Clifford Phonics Fun Reading Program
Scholastic Decodable Readers
First English Phonics
Phonics Tales Box Set (Part of Scholastic Tales Series)
Sight Word Tales Box Set (Part of Scholastic Tale Series)
Sight Word Readers
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