The most common source of reading difficulties is poor phonemic awareness.David A. Kilpatrick, Ph.D
Phonics enables readers to decode words. This in turn develops and improves word recognition. And the more words one can recognize, the easier it gets to read.
We spend 30 minutes every day on Phonics, as it is such an important part of learning to read. I have tested various Phonics programs over the past 20 years and have taken the best parts which I find works for my children, and put them all together in this program.
The first semester is spent mainly on learning to identify letter sounds, forming letters correctly, understanding the connection between letter names and sounds and identifying beginning and ending sounds.
For the second semester we focus on CVC word families as well as the Pre-K Dolch Sight Words.