Teaching Phonics

Teaching phonics involves focusing on the acquisition of letter-sound correspondences to support reading and spelling. As children better understand the correspondences between sounds and letters, and between sounds and letter combinations, they are then better equipped to take on the more challenging tasks of decoding and encoding words.

Research shows that to become proficient readers and writers, early readers need to learn decoding and encoding skills. Helping children understand sound-symbol connections by learning the visual-to-auditory relationship between letters and sounds is essential for learning to read (decoding) and learning the auditory-to-visual relationship is needed to write words (encoding).


Phoneme, Graphemes, Morphemes Video

In this 3.5 minute video, SAReads Literacy Facilitator Emily defines phonemes (sounds), graphemes (letters), and morphemes (meaning) using easy-to-understand examples.

Phoneme Grapheme Mapping Video & Activity

Join SAReads Literacy Facilitator Emily Daugherty as she demonstrates how to use grapheme tiles and Elkonin boxes in our first SAReads Classroom video. Great for at-home or Zoom instruction!

Reading Big Words Activity & Bookmark

This activity and bookmark outlines 5 easy steps for reading big words.

Decoding Strategies Bookmark

Some think using decoding strategies make reading slow, but we’re here to tell you the mystery has been SOLVED! When we practice decoding strategies such as matching sounds to letters in a word, our brain begins to store those words in its orthographic memory. Strong word decoders are developing critical brain pathways necessary for automatic reading.
Here’s a free bookmark to help your classroom detectives crack the code of reading!

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