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How to teach phonics to children

Learning Phonics is without a doubt one of the most important stages of learning to read  for a child. By learning phonics your child is going to learn how letters and sounds link up to create words. What many people don't realize is that this process actually starts in the comfort of your own home, way before your child even considers going to school. Therefore as a parent it is going to be your responsibility to teach a child phonics, or at least start their education. Let's take a little look at how you can go about doing this.


The first encounter that your child is likely to have with phonics is the alphabet. This means that you should start introducing them to it as soon as you possibly can. You don't really need to do too much here. In fact, just singing them the alphabet song should be more than suffice. If you are lucky, then you will also find a number of television programs on throughout the day which are not only enjoyable but help your child learn the sounds of the alphabet. Some of these shows also have rhyming songs which also makes the process easier. Of course, as a parent you also have a number of rhyming songs available to you which you can use, so don't always rely on the television! When you are trying to teach the alphabet, don't do it all in one go. Instead, break down the alphabet and teach one letter a day, or even a week. There are plenty of downloadable worksheets online which you can use to teach the alphabet in a more effective manner.


Find some books which are age appropriate for your child. Many experts recommend that your child's introduction to reading should be through the Dr. Seuss books as not only do they offer a brilliant story, but they are also rhyming books which helps children learn how sounds match up.


One of the most important part of phonics is understanding which words begin with which letter, and there is no better way of doing this than playing a game of 'I Spy'. You can play this game wherever you are, and of course it has the duel benefit of keeping your child entertained. You can expand this game by asking the child to identify words which begin with a certain sound. Perfect for learning phonics!


Finally, there are plenty of computer programs out there nowadays which have the aim of introducing phonics to your child. So why not look into a few of the ones available? Not only are they going to teach your child something, and not only are they going to be fun, but they are also going to teach your child computer skills which they are most likely going to be using for the rest of their life!


Remember, learning phonics is a long process, and your child isn't going to be able to pick up on all of the concepts straight away. So try not to get stressed out. The key is to practice, and then practice some more. The child will understand eventually, trust me!


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