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Dear Whole Phonics™ Community,

 

Whether you're fairly new to the differing approaches to reading instruction, or a veteran literacy teacher, one thing is certain: there is always more to learn about the best ways to teach young students how to read. Here at Whole Phonics™, well, let’s just say we’re in favor of a phonics-based approach. But why? The reason is clear: neuroscience supports phonics. Here’s how:

1. Reading is a relatively new human skill (evolutionarily), and our brains need a system to organize language.

"...the brain is not preorganized for reading. It has to figure out how to organize this new information—where to store the different elements involved in reading and how to connect them instantly. Genetics plays a role here, as does the brain's response to injury or illness. But for most children, their first experiences with letters and words dictate how the brain establishes neural networks that may become habitual pathways as reading skills develop.” (Educational Leadership)

"Writing is a code humans invented to represent speech sounds. Kids have to crack that code to become readers."

 

Emily Hanford, The Hechinger Report

Prefer learning by video?

Watch this informative segment with

Professor Stanislas Dehaene to learn more about the brain-based research on the importance of phonics.

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Happy Reading!

 

Jill Lauren and the Whole Phonics™ Team

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