Phonics refers to a system of teaching reading where the student is taught the relationship between letters or groups of letters and their pronunciation.
To become fluent in reading requires understanding these basic fearures of the English Language–that is– how to translate letters and letter patterns into spoken language using phonics, syllabication and word parts.
Beginning reading programs such as SuperBooks use a phonics based vocabulary –children recognize the letters and sounds in words & word parts and can “sound out” the words. Word patterns (rhyming words) are combined with “context clues” (using the meaning of the sentence) and picture clues resulting in a very effective way for children to learn to read.
Fluency and Comprehension The most critical factor in fluent word reading is the ability to recognize letters, spelling patterns and whole words automatically. Comprehension depends on this ability.