By: Ms. Lace, Preschool Teacher
As a parent, you might be wondering, how can my child learn how to read? How can I help at home? Where do I begin? Don’t fret, these are just some common questions that might be lingering on your mind. The key to success is simply by understanding the method and some simple steps and you are good to go.
First, we need to go back to the basics, What is Phonics? The word Phonics comes from the Greek word “phone” meaning voice or sound. It is also the relationship between letter sounds they make and their spellings. In other words, sounds are linked with the alphabet letters.
Why do children need to learn phonics? Simply because children will learn how to strengthen their English decoding skills, become more fluent, independent readers and writers in the future.
Nowadays, there are many methods and strategies out there for you, it is very important to choose the one that suits your child’s needs and make sure it is systematic and sequential. In school, your child will learn the basics and the teachers will surely give plenty of practice before moving on to the next step. Teaming up with your child’s teachers will be beneficial to ensure consistency and progress.
Here are some ways that I can recommend to teach phonics at home: