Reading Strategies: What is Phonics Instruction?

Critical Reading Strategies for Your Students

The Importance of Teaching Phonics Lessons In Reading Programs

Phonics is connecting the letters (graphemes) of written language to the individual sounds (phonemes) of spoken language. It is learning the patterns of these letters and sounds to create words.

Research has shown that teaching phonics systematically and explicitly, helps students decode and read unknown words. It is the most effective instruction for teaching students to read at the word level. With the right type of phonics instruction this process becomes automatic and frees up a student’s mental energy from word analysis to meaning. This is essential for a student to become an efficient reader.

On this page you will find more information about why phonics is important and what type of phonics instruction is best. You will also find a framework for systematic phonics instruction and free online training in how to teach phonics explicitly and systematically to your students.

More Phonics Information:

Myth Buster: Phonics Instruction Isn't Important

The importance of phonics instruction is often debated although research has produced convincing results of its value. View article ›

Implicit vs. Explicit Phonics

There is both an implicit and explicit approach to teaching phonics. This article explores the pro’s and con’s of both methods. View article ›

Systematic Phonics Sequence

The scope and sequence of the systematic Reading Horizons program. Learn more ›

Learn How to Teach Phonics Systematically and Explicitly

Our FREE interactive, online reading workshop shows you how to teach phonics and trains you in the methods and tools that will ensure reading success in your classroom.

Research results of Discover Intensive Phonics used as an intensive reading remediation for a six week summer program. Learn more ›

How is Reading Horizons Different from Other Phonics Programs?

A list of key points showing how Reading Horizons is different than most other phonics programs on the market. Learn more ›

Phonics and Fluency

Find out why systematic, explicit phonics instruction is necessary for true fluency to be achieved. View article ›

Why Phonics for ELL/ESOL Students

Experts advocate teaching phonics to non-native English speakers. Learn more ›

Learn how phonics instruction can help your students succeed: