[fon-iks or for 2, foh-niks]
noun (used with a singular verb)
a method of teaching reading and spelling based upon the phonetic interpretation of ordinary spelling.
Origin of phonics
First recorded in 1675–85; phon-
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Examples from the Web for phonics
Historical Examples of phonics
Especial attention is called to the system of phonics developed.
There should be at least two ten-minute lessons in phonics each day.
From the first day a definite place on the program should be given to phonics.
Phonics is not a method of teaching reading, but it is a necessary part of every good, modern method.
As new words are met containing known sounds, the pupils should apply their knowledge of phonics.
British Dictionary definitions for phonics
noun (functioning as singular)
Derived Formsphonic, adjectivephonically, adverb
a method of teaching people to read by training them to associate letters with their phonetic values
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Word Origin and History for phonics
1680s, "science of sound," from Greek phone "sound" (see fame (n.)) + -ics. As a method of teaching reading it is first attested 1908, though the system dates from 1844.
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