Term: 2 Semesters
Accomodated/Modified Available: No
Phonics, Spelling, and Penmanship teaches students how to read and write letters and words, focusing on the mechanics side of language. This course explicitly and systematically teaches students the letter sounds in the English language. Students will acquire automaticity of 68 different phonograms by continually reviewing the letter sounds through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The immediate recall of sounds and letters is necessary for students to become better readers, spellers, and writers. This course prepares a student to read by explicitly and systematically teaching how to spell and read individual words. Once students can effortlessly read individual words, they are then ready to comprehend sentences. For penmanship, students learn and practice proper sitting posture, correct pencil grip, directions for paper slant, and the steps for writing manuscript. When students can form letters with automaticity and ease, they can focus on what they want to say. Writing by hand creates kinesthetic memories of letters, which also helps students learn how to read.
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