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Study: Phonics, Sight Words Activate Brain Differently

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A study from Stanford University has found that teaching young children phonics, or letter-sound relationships, prepares the area of the brain which is best for learning to read more effectively than teaching them whole words to memorize. This means that teaching children to sound out words like “C-A-T” is a more effective method than teaching them to memorize the same word by its appearance. In addition, the differences in how they are taught continue to make appearances when children view the same words later on…While it has long been recognized that a phonics foundation holds importance in reading development, especially for early and struggling readers, the study provides some of the first looks into how the brain is influenced by the various reading methods used by teachers…”(more)