[fon-iks or for 2, foh-niks]
- a method of teaching reading and spelling based upon the phonetic interpretation of ordinary spelling.
- Obsolete. phonetics.
Origin of phonics
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Especial attention is called to the system of phonics developed.The Magic Speech Flower
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.
- an obsolete name for acoustics (def. 1)
- 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
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