Learn to Read Phonics

What Is Phonics?
"Phonics instruction is a way of teaching reading
based on sounding out letters to read words."
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Why Choose Phonics?

Research shows that phonics instruction produces significant benefits for children of all ages, abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Research has also shown that systematic phonics instruction is a valuable and essential part of a successful reading program. The Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read instructional approach is based on this research, building systematically from letters and sounds, to reading words, sentences, and stories for meaning.

Word Recognition

It is well documented that the ability to recognize words is a critical factor in beginning reading development. Through the Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read workbooks, library of books, and Visual Phonics DVDs, children are exposed to words both in isolation and in context, with exercises designed to help achieve automaticity.

The Role of Print Exposure

The more children read, the more opportunities they have to develop fast, automatic word recognition and decoding skills, which are the building blocks of great readers. Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read includes books and stories by award-winning authors and illustrators that are integrated into the program to correspond with the child's specific decoding ability and level.


Children vary in the amount of practice they need to decipher a word, and reading text that is tied to their independent reading level (90 to 95 percent readability) is critical. Designed to instill confidence and success, the Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read library of stories and storybooks are at least 90% readable. This means that when a child finishes a lesson, he has learned the decoding skills to read at least 90% of the words in the next story or storybook with no help.

Sound-Symbol Relationships

Studies have demonstrated that the best predictor of early reading ability is a child's understanding of how words are made up of sounds. Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read provides instruction in sound-symbol correspondence and practice in these associations at the word and sentence level.

Phonics and Reading Together

Perhaps most importantly, research shows that systematic phonics instruction combined with reading is the most effective way to develop good reading skills. Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read includes books and stories woven into the program at the appropriate level so the child can read for meaning and enjoyment.

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