Easy tips & tricks to start learning phonics at home

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Easy tips & tricks to start learning phonics at home

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:

  1. Listen and encourage your child to read daily. A few minutes a day to read aloud with your child’s favourite book will provide great opportunities in his or her development. Try to sound out the letters that you come across with,
    for example; R-e-d for red,
    H-e-n for hen, hen
    from there they will learn and be familiarised that when they blend or put the sounds together it will make words like “Red Hen”.
  2. Set targets or goals together with your child. Discuss with your child the
    targets or goals that you need to reach together,
    For example; today, we will try to sound out and blend 5 words only
    Plan it together, be consistent and make sure it’s realistic for your child. Don’t forget to reward your child after unlocking an achievement. (They will appreciate it and will be motivated to do the next task)
  3. Practice. This will prepare your child to remember the skills and to apply their knowledge.
  4. Do not be afraid to ask for help. If you have some more questions, feel free to share them or ask your child’s teachers. Establishing strong and positive communication is proven to help improve your child’s academic performance.
  5. Take it Easy. Each child has its own uniqueness. It is very important to turn comparison into inspiration. Be positive and focus on your child’s strengths. Take time to simply rest, have fun with your child and BREATHE.