Visual Phonics™ refers to the new Hooked on Phonics® method of presenting phonics instruction with animated text. Visual Phonics helps make difficult concepts such as letter and sound blending, substitutions, and word endings easier for a child to understand.
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For example, Visual Phonics introduces the three letters in cat with different colors to illustrate their phonemic individuality. As each letter is pronounced, it pulses slightly and changes color, then returns to its original color. The child sees a fading effect from left to right to reinforce the directionality, and a change of color to illustrate blending.
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Visual Phonics uses a multisensory representation to show various reading skills, such as isolating sounds and syllables, segmentation, rhyming, and substitution, to help children visualize relationships between letters and sounds, sounds and words, and words and syllables.
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Visual Phonics adds significantly to the appeal of the phonics lessons, applying some of the qualities normally found in film and animation rather than using static text. Visual Phonics is designed to capture and retain children’s attention, engaging them and associating reading with fun.
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