Top Tips For Teaching Phonics

If you want your child to get a head start in learning to read, there is no doubt phonics is a great tool to helping them do so. By teaching them to understand the sounds each letter can make, they can build up the understanding they need to put the sounds together and make words.

Of course, with English being the curious mongrel language it is, that can be tricky. The letter C, for instance, can be pronounced in the same way as an S or a K, while the letter Y, uniquely, is a consonant that can operate as a vowel.

This means trying to teach these skills all by yourself can sometimes feel a bit tricky. Having taught a child to recognise a letter as being pronounced one way can then lead to confusion for them and frustration for you.

However, successfully teaching phonics is important because it’s the foundation upon which learning words begins. For instance, once they learn how several different letters sound, they can combine them to make words. So if they know how to pronounce letters like T, a, and p, they can put them together to make words like tap and pat. (This approach is known as synthetic phonics).

This is where our educational activity boxes can help.  They contain a range of resources to help with phonics - and much else besides - to enable you to work with your child to take the first steps on the road to learning.

As well as synthetic phonics, you can also discover how to teach words using techniques like analogy phonics, where children can enjoy learning how to distinguish the differences between similar words, such as those that rhyme with each other - cake, bake and make, for instance.

The great thing about phonics is once you start, you can keep going and going. Nearly every word can become part of your study. Best of all, because our boxes are all about doing things in a fun way, you and your child can make learning together a joyful journey of discovery.