About Phonovisual

THE PHONOVISUAL METHOD is unique in comparison to other so-called phonics programs.

The authors of THE PHONOVISUAL METHOD developed the program more than fifty years ago in response to their deep concern over the vast number of nonreaders and of children who were reading inadequately. THE PHONOVISUAL METHOD has successfully survived trends in education which have stressed sight reading and rejected phonics.

Today, more than ever, the need for a strong phonics approach is recognized by educators everywhere. The U.S. Department of Education released the findings on improving reading instruction assessed by the commission on Reading. The report, "Becoming a Nation of Readers," emphasizes the systematic teaching of phonics through the second grade. This report and its recommendations are part of the shift toward "Back To Basics." This concept reintroduces the tried and true educational principle that basic skills must be taught in order to provide a foundation on which further skills may be built.

THE PHONOVISUAL METHOD can serve as a logical and effective response to this need. THE METHOD offers an organized and successful approach to teaching sound/symbol relationship. THE PHONOVISUAL METHOD cannot teach reading in and of itself, but once mastered, this initial step in decoding enables students to acquire comprehension, encoding, and additional decoding skills and to apply these skills to their reading, spelling, and writing.