The word phonics means the study or science of sound. As it
relates to reading, it is the sum total of the sounds of the alphabet or
language being studied, and the rules relating to it.
Teaching one to read using phonics consists of teaching the
student the names and visual forms of the letters, the sound or sounds each
letter makes and the rules governing the use of these letters and sounds as they
are used in the language being learned.
The first thing a student has to learn in order to be able to
read is to recognize and be able to name each letter of the alphabet in the
language he or she is studying.
The second step of teaching one to read is to teach the
student the primary sound belonging to each letter of the alphabet.
The third step to teaching anyone to read would be practicing
them in the sounds they have learned.
The success to teaching anyone to read is to teach one sound
at a time. Our Phonics Readers practice the student in one vowel sound at a
time. When the student masters one sound at a time, he or she can easily learn
to read without overwhelm or confusion.
That is the purpose of these phonics readers, concentrating
on the vowel sounds, as they are the make and break of your student's ultimate
ability to sound out the words he or she reads, and the ones most glossed over
in many reading systems. Master the sounds of the letters, including the vowel
sounds, and the student will have learned to read.