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Subject: Phonics

The Greek word φωνη (phonay) means “voice.” The study of phonics is the study of the sounds made by letters and their combinations. Letters have voices, and when we put their voices together, they make words.

Phonics fits the classical model of education, where mastery of the building blocks allows for thorough mastery of greater knowledge. Students who learn their sounds are soon reading, often long before you might expect it. Once they are reading, their education can accelerate in every subject.

It’s important that students learn to read to do well in our multi-grade classroom. For new students or those who may benefit from a head start in their reading at the end of summer, we conduct a Running Start for Reading boot camp in the first few weeks of August. This is free to all Columbia students and open to other students for a reasonable fee.


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