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Phonics Programs


Students with low early literacy skills benefit from a focus on phonics and Phonological Awareness. In combination with whole language instruction, explicit instruction and an appropriate phonics intervention program can help learners develop Decoding, Sight Recognition, and fluency skills.

Use It in the Classroom

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.

  • Using a systematic phonics instructional program regularly (see Reading Rockets' list of reviewed programs) promotes skill development in Morphological Awareness, Phonological Awareness, Alphabet Knowledge, Decoding, and Sight Recognition. Many of these programs offer flexibility to use lessons with the whole class or in small groups.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    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.

  • Products can use a phoneme-centered approach to develop Alphabet Knowledge and Phonological Awareness by providing practice recognizing, saying, writing, and blending letter sounds. Products, such as A2i, can also blend phonics and whole language instruction to provide the appropriate amount of both for each student.