Visual Phonics Reading Program
A program designed to help students in SK to grade 3 who are struggling to identify letters, letter sounds, and to read at grade level.
How Visual Phonics Works
The Visual Phonics Program teaches children to read using images to recall the phonetics of letters. The student is provided with a "visual alphabet" of animals and objects that they are familiar with, which will trigger the letter sound.
The image of a cat would prompt the child to read the hard c-sound.
The Science Behind Visual Phonics
When children are learning to read phonetically, we teach them the phonetics (sounds of the letters) using auditory strategies. Some children learn better with visuals but they need to connect to something they already deeply understand rather than just the visual of a letter (which they are also simultaneously trying to learn). By using images they are familiar with, the student can acquire the phonetics of the alphabet at a much quicker pace rather than using the actual letter images themselves.
As the child becomes familiar with the visual alphabet, they will learn to read using images only. The written letters are then incorporated into their reading and, with repeated practice, the brain will quickly associate the letter with its associated image allowing the student to recall the phonetics from visual memory rather than auditory memory.
Close the Gap. Build Confidence.
The Visual Phonics Program is most effective when it is reinforced at home and at school. Parents and schools will be provided with the tools to support the program to ensure progress is made quickly.
The sooner we can close the gaps in their understanding, the sooner we can build confidence and a more positive experience in the classroom,