NOTE: A child may be able to recite the alphabet, but not know the sounds. Phonics combines
both skills. For many students the two skills are too much to tackle at once. Most reading difficulties are a result of a lack of phonemic awareness (sounds).
See my page on Resources for Phonemic Awareness first:
Phonics is a method of teaching children to read by linking sounds (phonemes) and the symbols that represent them (graphemes, or letter groups).