Teaching Phonics in Early Childhood

In August 2019 I undertook a short course with the Queensland University of Technology. We looked into:

  • Describing code-related literacy, including phonics, phonemic awareness and phonological awareness.
  • Explaining why teaching and learning code-related literacy is important.
  • Identifying an appropriate strategy for teaching code-related literacy in early childhood settings.

Best notes from the Course:

“The evidence is clear . . . that direct systematic instruction in phonics during the early years of schooling is an essential foundation for teaching children to read. Findings from the research evidence indicate that all students learn best when teachers adopt an integrated approach to reading that explicitly teaches phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary knowledge and comprehension. This approach, coupled with effective support from the child’s home, is critical to success. (DEST, 2005: 11)”

“Morag Stuart sharpens the focus to look closely at why phonics is important in learning to read, and argues that not only does it support the beginning of reading but that it offers readers the opportunity to develop independent ‘self-teaching’ strategies.”

Eduuplay, Phonics, Session, Student

“The Torgorson review did, however, confirm that ‘systematic phonics instruction within a broad literacy curriculum was found to have a statistically significant positive effect on reading accuracy’ (2006: 9, our italics).”

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