If you're a parent deciding how best to help your child learn to read, here are the basic phonics rules so you can see how it works.
Phonics is a very popular method which many teachers use.
You can get a free printable booklet here which covers:
Although this is a UK booklet, it is an excellent guide to the basic phonics rules wherever you live.
As a homeschooling parent, I would encourage you to try phonics if you think it helps your child - you'll soon know if it's working as the real proof is whether you and your child enjoy doing it.
I didn't use phonics with my children William and Catherine as they caught on without it, but other homeschooling friends I know do use it with their children.
Indeed, a very exhaustive study across the US conducted by the
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development concluded:
"Teaching phonics...is a more effective way to teach children early reading skills than...NO phonics instruction." ('Teaching Children to Read' quoted in Wikipedia)
Phonics is also the standard method used in UK primary schools.
a reading and spelling tool for teaching the basic relationship between
letters and the sounds they make.
sounds with letters of the alphabet is called phonics.
There may be only 26 letters in the alphabet, but those 26 letters actually make over 40 different individual units of sounds.
These basic sound units are called phonemes.
As you can see we've got lots of tips on teaching the alphabet to help, including using visual prompts and alphabet games.
When it comes to rules, there are always exceptions!
That's one of the things which makes English such a hard language to learn.
In fact, I'm afraid English would never win this badge:
Nonetheless, here's a run through of the most important teaching basics:
Fun ways to learn the alphabet
There is a simple phonics song at the bottom of this page which demonstrates some of the basic phonics rules.
Homeschoolers use many different methods for teaching reading.
Every child is different, so what works with one child may not with yours.
You'll find ideas and suggestions from fellow homeschoolers for things to try which have succeeded in teaching reading here.
to your child is the best way to help them recognize the sounds of
words when they hear them spoken.
Here are some of my most popular homeschooling pages. Click on the pic to go to the page. And - enjoy!
Preschool alphabet games and activities are a great way to have fun teaching the basic phonics rules.
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