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Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of letters and letter combinations will help your child decode words as they read and know which letters to use as they write words.  Phonics is the connection between printed letters (and combinations of letters) and speech sounds and is a critical aspect for successful literacy learning.

Using synthetic phonics, our classes will develop your child’s reading skills and prepare them to write and spell confidently.  Students will learn the basic letter sounds and how to blend them to form word of increasing complexity.  Through decoding the words they hear and see, they will learn to blend and manipulate the sounds to enable them to form other words and to be able to read and write short sentences with confidence.  Students will practice using these sounds to improve the pronunciation of difficult words and letter combinations.  As some words cannot be decode, they also learn key “camera” words, which are the irregular, high frequency words they will need to know by sight, like “the” and “friend” and hold in their minds like a photo.