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Phonics: Understanding the relationships between written letters and spoken sounds.
Phonics instruction teaches children the relationships between
the letters (graphemes) of written language and the individual
sounds (phonemes) of spoken language. The goal of phonics instruction
is to help children learn and use the alphabetic principle. Children
who have attained an understanding of this know that there is a
predictable relationship between the phonemes and the graphemes
and thus are able to "sound out" words they have not encountered
before... (continue reading from New Jersey's Reading First Program Grant Application).
More Reading on this Topic:
The Classroom - Audio! Vowel Sound Essentials from Tampareads.com (uses RealPlayer)
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