What’s All The Fuss About Synthetic Phonics?

Let us begin with the most basic question: what exactly is “synthetic phonics”?

To “synthesize” means to combine parts or elements together. Using the term “to synthesize” in a literacy context therefore means to combine sounds together in order to make words. It is rather like having pieces of a puzzle: isolated and on their own they may not make much sense to us but once we put the pieces of the puzzle together we can then derive meaning from the whole “picture”.

As children become familiar with the sounds in a language in order to read words, they also . . .

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