What Research Is Telling Us

1

  “Programs of phonics instruction are effective when they are
 systematic - the plan of instruction includes a carefully selected set of letter-sound relationships and are organized into a logical sequence.
 explicit - the programs provide teachers with precise directions for the teaching of these relationships.
National Institute for Literacy, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, U.S. Department of Education. (2001),   Put Reading First- The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read.,19 

2

 “...the results of the analysis are indicative of what can be accomplished when explicit, systematic phonics programs are implemented in today’s classrooms. Systematic phonics instruction has been used widely over a long period of time with positive results, and a variety of systematic phonics programs have proven effective with children of different ages, abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.”
National Institute for Literacy, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (2000), Report of the National Reading Panel Teaching Children To Read,10 

3

 “...the goals of phonics instruction are to provide children with key knowledge and skills and to ensure that they know how to apply that knowledge in their reading and writing. In other words, phonics teaching is a means to an end.   
National Institute for Literacy, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (2000), Report of the National Reading Panel Teaching Children To Read,10