1 Easy Way To Rock Phonics and Reading Skills

As a teacher, you already know that the primary focus of phonics instruction is to help readers understand how letters are linked to sounds (called phonemes). Pretty easy on a basic level, right? We need to build strong phonics skills in order to create strong reading skills.

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As a reading specialist, what I often see with striving readers is a strong foundation of basic phonics at the K-1 level, followed by “holes” in mastery of vowel teams, diphthongs and syllabication. I’m talking about students in 2nd grade, 3rd grade and even 4th grade that did not master the foundational skills needed to strengthen reading skills. Why is that, you ask? My experience has shown me that there are many reasons, but I’ll list a 3 of the most frequent below:

1.  A student was instructed and the teacher assumes the student “got it” and the class moved on with a different skill focus.

2. There just isn’t enough time to adequately address phonics instruction.

3. Phonics instruction can often be boring for older students, especially when it is a worksheet.   

So, what IS the answer? 




I work with students in grades k-4 and my kiddos beg to play games at the end of our regular reading intervention lessons. I can’t argue with students who are motivated to play educational, phonics games. For me it is a no brainer. Increasing a student’s phonics skills increases reading success. Want to experience what I’m talking about?

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