For years, an intense debate has brewed over which method is best in teaching children to read. Sounding out words with phonics or learning word meanings by the whole. However, some scientific studies have taken a stance on one side of the issue. According to these studies, phonics reading programs are indeed more effective for new readers.
The proof is in the pudding – or rather, the brain scans.
By analyzing brain scans, researchers were able to see that comprehension and accuracy increased greatly in the subjects that were exposed to phonics reading programs. On the other hand, subjects that were exposed to whole-word reading programs performed less well.
Moving towards a more consistent learning experience.
In certain countries, phonics reading programs are not only the most common – they are mandatory. However, in the United States, there is not the case. In fact, there is a choice whether children should be taught with phonics, another reading program, or a combination of the two. However, with research piling up in support of building phonics readers, it’s no wonder that most teaching styles are beginning to lean that way.
At Superbooks, we offer comprehensive and sequential phonics reading programs for children of all ages. We’ve been creating super readers for over 40 years. So we like to think that phonics is a wonderful choice for teaching children to read.