Why Phono-GraphixTM?

It trains the skills that the brain engages to sort out the English code.

Segmenting

This is the ability to separate the sounds in spoken words. To understand and use our sound picture code, we must be able to access the sounds.

Blending

This is the ability to blend sounds into words. To read a sound picture code, we must be able to connect isolated sounds into meaningful words.

Phoneme Manipulation

This is the ability to pull sounds in and out of words. We need this skill because our code has overlap (a sound picture can represent more than one sound). We must be able to try the various sounds that a sound picture might represent. For example, ow can be both "oe" and "ow." As the reader decodes an unknown word, for example brown, he or she may try "oe" first. When "broen" doesn't make sense, he must slide out the "oe" and slip in the "ow" to get "brown."

Its activities are in keeping with how children learn best.


Each activity teaches children to integrate and use the motor, visual and auditory senses as they read and spell. This is done with real reading tasks so that children learn to use these skills naturally and automatically.

Children learn best as active participants in discovery. As the father of contemporary child development Jean Piaget said,

"The child only really understands that which he has created."
So Phono-Graphix lessons engage the child in active discovery helping him to build up solid understanding of the nature of the code and to become adept at the skills needed to use it.

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