It is my opinion that we should start teaching students phonology (the sounds of the letters)first. Then when the students have learned the sounds of the letters, introduce the grapheme along with the phoneme. Then of course morphology, semantics, and syntax. All of which are the basic components of language. After all according to the article titled Addressing Literacy Through Neuroscience, "It is important to recognize that children are born with the ability to process the phonemes of all languages". Furthermore, if you think about it, teaching children the "ABC song" in my opinion is not the best way to begin. Am I wrong in saying this? If so why?
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