Blog – Why Phonics

Why Teach Phonics?

In my experience as an Early Childhood Educator, a systematic phonic programme gives a significant boost to children’s word recognition, reading comprehension and spelling skills.

I have written this phonic programme because I couldn’t find a suitable, interesting, fun lesson by lesson phonic programme to follow. By sharing this programme it is my hope that teachers and parents will find it invaluable. The programme is written to be followed lesson by lesson. To help inexperienced teachers and parents I have written detailed tutor notes with each lesson.

nce children learn the sound for each letter of the alphabet, and can sound out three letter words, a whole new world of reading is opened up for them. The confidence they have in their own reading ability lifts as they realise they can actually read. They soon learn to sound out longer words, and as they make sense of the sentences they are reading they can anticipate what the words will be. Reading more fluently improves reading comprehension.

Once children have mastered the skill of sounding out a word, and blending the sounds into a word, they easily apply this skill to longer words. As they are introduced to digraphs, where two letters combine to make the sound, (e.g. ‘ea’, ‘oa’), children easily transfer this blending skill.It is good for children to learn single sound phonics when they begin to recognise letters and read words they see around them every day. This will vary from child to child. From my experience most children benefit from starting to learn the single sounds at the beginning of their first formal year of schooling. If you are a parent working through these Phonic Packs this programme will compliment your child’s school reading programme. It will be of great benefit if your child’s school reading programme does not include a systematic teaching of phonics.

In my experience children in their second and third year of formal schooling also benefit from working through a systematic phonic programme.

I have found older children who are having difficulties learning how to read often benfit with this approach, if they are allowed to progress at their own pace.

Reading is important for all learning areas and it is important for your child to learn how to read, fluently and with comprehension, in the first years of his/her schooling. Working through these Phonic Packs will improve your child’s opportunity to reach her/his full reading potential during his/her early childhood education and beyond.

My phonic programme can be found in www.phonics.site

Glenys Deutscher