Our aim at Teach Phonics is to explain how to support your child in learning to read and spell using phonics. Phonics is the simple process of linking sounds to letters, its complexity comes from how many sound to letter combinations there are. So to be good at phonics a child needs to know both the sounds and letters of English and then learn the associations between the two.
Alphabet letter recognition, naming and knowledge then need to be taught. As the English language uses 44 sounds, but these are represented by over 280 letter or letter combinations, most letter or letter combination represent more than one sound and a sound can be made by more than one letter or letters and so an alphabet letters name is the only unique way of knowing which letter you are talking about.
So your child knows the sounds and the letters, now is the time to link them – this is phonics!
Unfortunately there is no getting away from the fact that your child has to learn the associations, but there are ways of making it easier.
Our scheme is based on teaching ‘Sound Blocks’; that is teaching your child the most popular letters that represent a particular sound. Unlike a lot of phonics schemes we teach all 44 sounds of the English language; so there is no need to teach the so called ‘tricky words’, eliminating a child’s confusion as to whether a word can be read phonetically.
Children then use their phonics knowledge to start reading individual words by using educated choices to attach sounds to letters and blending those sounds.
They then progress to sentence reading, developing the skill of reading for meaning and not just producing the correct sounds for the words.
By the end of our scheme your child should be a confident reader with both a strong phonics knowledge and a structured process they can use for reading and spelling, enabling them to become an independent learner.
Children have to learn the key skills of identifying and manipulating the different sound units of our oral language (Phonemic Awareness) to successfully use phonics as a tool for reading and spelling. Our site explains the stages of Phonological Awareness children need to progress through to develop these skills, getting them ready for phonics.
Our website is free to use and includes information and resources to teach phonics, yes there is a training scheme and resources you can buy if you want to get up and running quickly, but if you are happy to spend the time creating your own scheme and resources the site should tell you all you need to know.