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Why you should be using synthetic phonics in your classroom.

Posted by Fraser Milne on

When I first heard the term "systematic synthetic phonics" my eyes glazed over in bewilderment. Luckily a simple explanation was quickly given. "Systematic" means teaching in a sequence beginning with the letter / sounds that can make the most words (s,a,t,p). "Synthetic Phonics" means synthesising (sounding out) each of the 44 sounds of the english language, as opposed to "Analytic Phonics" which analyses sounds into larger chunks. Then when I read the Letters & Sounds manual published by the UK Department for Education I thought - WOW! Here is a program with a multi-sensory approach (visual, auditory and kinesthetic) that: • is engaging for students (most important) • has an emphasis...

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