As students are learning to read, they benefit from explicit, systematic phonics instruction. Teaching letter-sound relationships in a research-based scope and sequence should be coupled with providing ample opportunities for students to practice these skills. Research shows that systematic and explicit phonics instruction has a greater impact on reading and spelling when it occurs early in kindergarten and first grade. For students to become good readers, phonics instruction must be in combination with meaning-focused activities, like reading rich texts and vocabulary activities.
Watch how a teacher uses the Orton-Gillingham approach, which is highly multisensory, with her whole class. The program uses both hearing and touch to explore letters and their sounds.
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Learn how the Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 app uses reverse phonics with a focus on syllables to foster Phonological Awareness through spelling. Providing a hint button that displays all of the possible letter combinations that make a sound supports a deeper understanding of Phonological Awareness and more complex spelling patterns.
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