The Importance of Phonics Instruction


After introducing and explicitly teaching young students phonemic awareness, phonics instruction follows naturally as the second step necessary to produce good readers. In this blog, we will continue digging deeper into our “The Big Five” blog post, focusing on the second skill - Phonics.

Phonics is the bridge from hearing sounds to knowing the letters that make the sounds. Phonics is the basis of reading. Phonics is usually taught in, but not limited to, kindergarten through second grade aged children.

The National Reading Panel states that phonics instruction is necessary when forming life long readers. Research indicates that phonics is an essential ingredient in beginning reading instruction and found that:

  • Systematic and explicit phonics instruction–phonics instruction that is direct and follows a particular sequence–is more effective than phonics instruction that is not systematic or no phonics instruction at all.
  • Systematic, explicit phonics instruction is most effective when it begins in kindergarten or first grade.
  • Systematic, explicit phonics instruction improves children’s word recognition, spelling, and reading comprehension skills.
  • Systematic, explicit phonics instruction benefits all children, regardless of their socioeconomic status.

Voweletics™ is just that: a systematic, explicit instructional plan that allows children to be successful. All the while, children will experience the joy in learning to read.