Homeschooling Phonics


Teaching a child to read sounds like a daunting task, one many homeschooling parent dread. But there are ways to make the challenge a bit easier and less intimidating for both the teacher and the student.

Start early and lay a good foundation. Babies can start learning the basic concepts of reading such as deciphering what a book is about based on the picture on the cover and starting on page one and flipping pages from right to left.  Toddlers understand the idea of reading left to right and that letters form words to tell stories. 3-4-year-olds should start learning to recognize and name the letters of the alphabet and even to recognize on sight common words such as their own name, mom, dad, the, or a sibling’s name. If you are more curious about your child’s preschooling, visit this website for further details.

Use phonics: studies show that children who are taught the letter sounds, or phonics, learn to read faster than their counterparts who do not use the phonics system.  Phonics is essentially teaching children the sound each letter makes, the sounds groups of letters make together (think /th/), and eventually how to put those sounds together into syllables and then words.  When children are confident about letter sounds and feel comfortable with books, they approach reading with less apprehension and more excitement which in turn helps parents feel more patient and excited.

Phonics can be introduced at an early age, as early as 2-3. When children point to a letter, parents should state the name of the letter, give the sound it makes, and perhaps an example of a word that starts with that letter. If a child relates /a/ to apple, she can use that tool to recall the sound /a/ makes as she is reading the word /pale/.  As children get older (4-5), parents should ask for the letter sound along with identification of the letter as part of the school day but also in everyday conversation.

Parents can also begin to point out to emerging readers common letter combinations while looking at books. Notice how often /sh/ and /th/ are seen together, show your child several words containing the combinations, and repeat the sound they make together. Repetition is key in helping a child cement these strange ideas and foster independent reading. You’ll know a child is internalizing the phonics lessons when she begins to recognize common words and letter combinations and offer their sounds without being asked. Go to this website in order to acquire additional information about the high-ranked school and its educational system.

Once a child is ready to sound out words, the phonics work is not done: use phonics tools and tricks such as “the magic letter /e/ at the end of the word makes the vowel say its name” to help children remember to look at the whole word before beginning to sound it out. Exercise as much patience as you can muster because every child struggles, no matter how smart or how quickly he can regurgitate letter sounds, to put those sounds together to form recognizable words. Utilize tools such as breaking words into syllables to put smaller letter combinations together then use finger movements to put symbolize putting those syllable sounds together.

A solid phonics foundation will help children become independent readers but it will inevitably take time, patience, and more time before fluency becomes a reality.

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