Phonics

Phonics is one of the most important building blocks for reading. Phonics is the relationship between letters and sounds. Without an understanding of phonics, reading may not occur.

At the earliest ages, children pick up the meaning of spoken words. As children start to read, they must learn that letters represent sounds in words. For example, the letters D-O-G represent "dog." As readers encounter new words, they decode the words by using their knowledge of phonics. Research shows that phonics instruction has a powerful impact on reading ability.

Huntington's academic evaluation identifies a student's weak skills. Instructors then develop an individualized program that builds these skills before progressing to the next skill level.

At Huntington, instructors assure that students understand these vital features of Phonetic Analysis:

  • Letter recognition
  • Consonants (e.g. B, C, D, F)
  • Vowels (e.g. A, E, I, O, U)
  • Digraphs (e.g. OA in boat)
  • Diphthongs (e.g. OY in toy)
  • Blends (e.g. SL in slip)

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