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phonics

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noun plural but singular in construction pho·nics \ˈfä-niks, 1 is also ˈfō-\

Simple Definition of phonics

  • : a method of teaching people to read and pronounce words by learning the sounds of letters, letter groups, and syllables

Full Definition of phonics

  1. 1 :  the science of sound :  acoustics

  2. 2 :  a method of teaching beginners to read and pronounce words by learning the phonetic value of letters, letter groups, and especially syllables

Circa 1684

First Known Use of phonics

circa 1684

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PHONICS Defined for Kids

phonics

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noun pho·nics \ˈfä-niks\

Definition of phonics

  1. :  a method of teaching beginners to read and pronounce words by learning the usual sound of letters, letter groups, and syllables




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phonics

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noun plural but singular in construction pho·nics \ˈfän-iks, 1 is also ˈfō-niks\

Medical Definition of phonics

  1. 1:  the science of sound :  acoustics

  2. 2:  a method of teaching beginners to read and pronounce words by learning the phonetic value of letters, letter groups, and especially syllables




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