What is phonics?
Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing by developing learners’ phonemic awareness. Phonics is absolutely essential for helping children begin to read. Once the code of reading has been cracked through phonics, children will then have the ability to explore the length and breadth of literacy as a whole. Phonics has proven time and again to be the most effective way to get children reading early.
Why is phonics important?
Phonics helps your child learn to read and spell. Without this ability, your child cannot be fully literate. Words are like codes and phonics teaches children how to crack the reading code. Phonics is therefore an important part of any reading development program.
When is the best time to learn?
It is often best to start learning to read through phonics from preschool to 2nd grade or from about ages 3 to 8.
Why start so early?
Research has shown that children who have not developed reading skills by second grade, will experience an overall delay in learning throughout their school life.