Phonological awareness extends into phonics when a child understands that letters make sounds and those letters create words. In 2000, the National Reading Panel released its report, and they concluded, without room for doubt, that early instruction in phonics is the best way to teach children how to read. This expansive study researched letter-sound correspondence (phonics) versus the “look-say,” or whole language, teaching that had been a struggling method since the 1950’s. They unanimously found that phonics is the best approach to early reading.Download Phonics Grades 1_2 Ebook
The release of this report does not mean that we should let go of “sight words.” Certainly children need to know those too! The core of reading instruction should be based on phonics patterns and methods. Of course we, as adults, do not sound out the words we read; so our goal is for children to commit words to memory for both reading and spelling. But for beginning readers, it is most beneficial to sound it out.
We set a student up for success from the beginning by giving them the tools to decode words (through phonics learning) and by providing adequate time to review and master older concepts, or sounds, before introducing new ones. Each of the Phonics Readers below does just that. They reinforce the learning…