The Importance of Learning the Phonics Way

To the average adult, reading and speaking is simply something done naturally without giving much thought to how one came to read, speak and write. However, go back to the early developmental days and the way in which we were taught versus how we best learned played an integral role in the development of these skills.

To begin, it must be understood that written languages are simply codes of symbols which represent spoken language. In some scripts, the symbols may represent parts of the word. In the English Phonic Code, symbols (letters) represent units of single sounds. Teaching reading with phonics unlocks the code to beginner readers. However, teaching reading without phonics is like teaching children a secret code without the key to decode it. Some children are natural code-breakers but many are not.

The phonic system behind Crossbow Education’s line of decodable phonic book sets is known in the UK as synthetic phonics, and in the USA as blended or inductive phonics. The books ensure that each child is taught in accordance with their current reading level, addressing any potential issues and working to assist in the reader’s development and skills.

Our Magic Belt series, suitable for “catch-up” readers who would benefit from starting a phonics program from the beginning, is an invaluable reading resource for older, beginner readers ages 8-14 years at a kindergarten reading level. Our Totem series is an exciting, fresh start for older readers that builds up their reading skills from CVC level. This series precedes and builds up to the Talisman series and is ideal for readers ages 8-14 years who are currently at a first grade reading level. Finally, the Talisman series is for older, reluctant readers with gaps in their phonic knowledge who are at a second grade reading level.

To learn more about the importance of teaching to read with phonics, or to see how Crossbow Education’s decodable phonic book sets can benefit your struggling reader, visit us at In addition, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin for additional study tips, weekly reading challenges, phonics news and more.

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