How phonics help kids in reading and writing
Aren't kids so smart these days!? They can learn so many things just by seeing and hearing others, right!? Every time we sit to teach them alphabets it begins with 'A' for “Apple" and so on!
By doing so, we are helping them to associate sounds with the particular alphabets. Knowingly or unknowingly we are teaching them phonics every single day!
Now let me tell you what is phonics: It’s a method of teaching people to read by correlating sounds with symbols in an alphabetic writing system.
In simpler terms, it's just like how we teach kids dada, ma-ma, a for apple and so on. We are indirectly helping them understand that when there is an alphabet “M” what sound should they make and how can they pronounce that particular word!
How does this system helps kids in reading:
- It helps in relating sounds to their respective alphabets thus aiding in reading.
- When we teach them letters and the letter sounds it helps them in understanding and framing the words easily.
- To help kids understand this better, we as parents need to read as many books as possible for them.
- While reading, please be loud and ask your kids to repeat or pronounce the words after you.
- If your child is old enough, ask them to read on their own while you sit and listen to them, how they form the word, how are they pronouncing it and so on.
- There are so many flash card sets available these days which makes our lives easier while teaching phonics to kids. Make use of such cards and have fun learning and teaching it to them.
- Once they know all the sounds associated with the particular alphabets, they can easily decode familiar words and it will also help them read some difficult words too.
- Phonics will even guide them in spelling the words as well.
- Not to worry and pressurize your kids to do this as all of this will be covered later in their schools. There are so many rules such as short and long vowels, silent ‘e’, soft ‘c’, different blends, hard ‘g’ so on which can get confusing for kids as well.
- Even then if you want to start with or help them, go for it. Make it fun and easy for them to understand by making them say rhyming words, or teaching them different sounds, like cow says moo-moo and so on.
I would like to conclude by telling that practice every sound until your child is confident with all of them. Once it’s done we can move onto higher levels of reading as well as word framing.
Lastly, we as parents should know that it doesn’t matter how slowly a child learns as long as we are there to encourage them not to stop. Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way! Don’t compare them with anyone else as each one of them is special!
I'm Priya, a mommy blogger by passion who likes to pen down her experiences and share a very little about parenting that she knows to the rest of the world!
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