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Phonics Isn't the Problem, its How We Teach it!

The Tide is Shifting Back to a Phonics Based System of Teaching Reading The definition of phonics is the study of the relationship between oral sounds and their representation on paper using symbols. Or more simply put, phonics is the study of the written form of the sounds we hear in words. (National Literacy Trust) The emphasis on phonics has fallen in and out of favor over the decades. The reason for this is that with or without a phonics emphasis, 65% +/- of children continue to fail to achieve reading mastery. When phonics falls out of favor, it is scrapped by decision-makers who believe the fault lies in teaching phonics. Phonics, YES? Or Phonics, NO? Phonics is content; a...

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