Why Phonics Instruction?

Phonics instruction teaches children the relationships between the letters (graphemes) of written language and the individual sounds (phonemes) of spoken language. It teaches children to use these relationships to read and write words.
—National Institute for Literacy (NIFL)

How The Family Readers promote phonics instruction

The Family Readers storybooks are divided into 12 sets of six books each.
Sets 1-6: Short Vowels
Sets 7-9: Long Vowels
Sets 9-10: Consonant Blends, Numbers, Word Endings
Set 11: Phonics Clusters and Combinations
Set 12: Sight Word Practice, Diphthong, Digraphs, and Hard and Soft c and g.

A child will learn to read by:

  • using language in conversation

  • listening and responding to stories read aloud

  • recognizing and naming the letters of the alphabet

  • listening to the sounds of spoken language

  • connecting sounds to letters to figure out the "code" of reading

  • reading often so that recognizing words becomes easy and automatic

  • learning and using new words

  • understanding what is read

The Goal of Phonics Instruction


“The goal of phonics instruction is to help children learn and use the alphabetic principle—the understanding that there are systematic and predictable relationships between written letters and spoken sounds. Knowing these relationships will help children recognize familiar words accurately and automatically, and "decode" new words. In short, knowledge of the alphabetic principle contributes greatly to children's ability to read words both in isolation and in connected text.”

National Institute for Literacy (NIFL)

Our reading-with-phonics storybooks teach children valuable skills:

  • Learn consonant sounds.

  • Learn that a, e, i, o, and u are vowels.

  • Learn sounds of digraphs. Example: /sh/ in shell.

  • Learn sounds of consonant blends. Example: /bl/ in block and /str/ in string.

  • Learn short vowel word families. Example: at, an, op, on, it, in.

  • Break words into syllables.

  • Find familiar words within unknown words. Example: mat in matter.

  • Add or take away letters to make new words. Example: When asked to take away the letter t in the word tan, can the child say the word an? Can the child add the letter t to an to make the word ant?

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Read a government study on Phonics instruction

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