By the time most children get to high school they should be able to read so you have to concentrate on reading comprehension. There will be a few kids who have fallen through the cracks and you might have to spend some time with these students.
Also it is increasing her vocabulary and imagination, and both these are important when teaching beginner reading. If you really want to give your kid a head start bring out the Montessori sandpaper letters and let her trace the letters just to feel the sandpaper. This tracing sandpaper letters is preparing your child to write so the Montessori method is actually phonics course killing two birds with one stone.
The first task in phonics for kids is learning the alphabet. Point to each letter as you say it out aloud. One of the easiest ways for children to memorise the alphabet is through singing but the best way to recognise the letters is to have them practice writing it.
Their math skills will be sharpened without them even knowing it. They can learn how much food cost. There is no need to bring along a calculator, or even a cell phone. Let them use their human calculator.
You want your children to be able to connect letters and their corresponding sounds. You don’t have to teach the alphabets in sequence. A good idea would be to use the letters found in your children’s name. So if you child’s name is Sam, you could first introduce the letter “S” and the /s/ sound. For one week, do a variety of activities that relate to the letter “S”. Together you could create a lapbook, cut out pictures of things starting with the /s/ sound, learn an “s” song, move like a snake, cook sausages, decorate the letter “S” by gluing sequins and learn how to write the letter “S”. I’m sure you can come up with many more fun activities. If not, you can search around the internet for ideas.
First the CD – many of us think we know Phonetics for kids but we don’t. We often choose hard sounds rather than soft sounds or say the name of the letter rather than the sound. Errors in pronunciation inhibit proper sounding out of letters and groups, and often with the mispronunciation of words, comes errors in meaning. Teaching the proper sounds helps kids put the sounds together correctly which then facilitates reading.
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