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Children with dyslexia need to be taught how to read and spell explicitly with systematic phonics instruction. This is not my opinion, this is a fact with research to back it up.  On today’s post, I am going to explain to you what systematic phonics instruction is and why kids with dyslexia benefit from this kind of instruction.

What is Systematic Phonics Instruction?

Phonics instruction is a method of teaching students how to connect the graphemes (letters) with phonemes (sounds) and how to use this letter/sound relationship to read and spell words.  

Systematic instruction is a method of teaching students all of the major letters and sounds by using a logical scope and sequence. This includes short and long vowels, blends and consonant digraphs (oi, ea, sh, th, etc.) This plan is carefully thought out, strategic and designed before activities and lessons are developed.

Systematic phonics instruction is a method of teaching students how to connect the graphemes (letters) with phonemes (sounds) using a clear and well thought out scope and sequence to teach kids how to read and spell.  

Lessons are built on previously taught information, from simple to complex, with clear, concise student objectives that are driven by ongoing assessment:

  • Consonant and short vowel sounds
  • Digraphs and blends
  • Long vowels and other vowel patterns
  • Syllable patterns
  • Affixes

Do you want to see a sample of a Scope and Sequence for systematic phonics instruction? 

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Explicit Instruction in Systematic Phonics

Children with dyslexia need to be taught systematic phonics explicitly.  

The term “Explicit Instruction” means that the teacher is the one who takes center stage. The teacher controls the student’s learning by teaching the student. All concepts are directly and explicitly taught to students with continuous student-teacher interaction, guidance and feedback.  

In explicit instruction, the teacher will first present a lesson with a demonstration. The teacher will then do the lesson together with the student. Finally, the teacher will ask the student to do it without guidance.  

I do, we do, you do.

Reading Instruction and Dyslexia

There are popular reading programs currently being used in many school districts such as Balanced Literacy and Guided Reading. Although many children are able to learn how to read using these popular programs, children with dyslexia do not. That means these popular reading programs will not work for 1 in every 5 children in the classroom.

Children with dyslexia struggle with the letter-sound system. They need to be taught explicitly in an organized, systematic, efficient way using a structured literacy program that includes systematic phonics instruction.

Systematic Phonics Instruction is essential for accurate and fluent decoding skills according to the National Reading Panel’s summary of findings report:

“Systematic phonics instruction produces significant benefits for students in kindergarten through 6th grade and for children having difficulty learning to read.”

I Have a Resource For You!

Thank you so much for reading my post today.  You might also enjoy reading my previous posts:

Evidence-Based Reading Instruction for Dyslexia

Homeschooling with Dyslexia


Please don’t leave without checking out the PRIDE Reading Program.  The PRIDE Reading Program is an Orton-Gillingham curriculum that is used by teachers, tutors, and homeschooling parents worldwide with great success.

PRIDE Reading Program

Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at info@pridereadingprogram.com or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com