What is systematic synthetic phonics?
This approach is taught using a systematic and orderly teaching framework, enabling teachers to support children in developing their phonological awareness and phonics knowledge skills. These elements will be described in greater detail below.
A systematic approach to learning is crucial for successful phonics instruction. You may think that a student can learn phonics skills in isolation--there are many apps and worksheets that provide “bitty” or fragmented exercises--but in order to ensure that children develop word-recognition skills and reading fluency, children need a structured (or systematic) and holistic program. Systematic Phonics introduces children to letter-sound correspondences, starting with the most common ones and ranging through to the least common.
Systematic phonics instruction is most effective when provided within the context of a comprehensive reading program which also addresses phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.