Reading is the single most important skill everyone MUST learn during the years at school. We think using language and the larger our vocabulary the greater is our ability to think. It is reading that enables us to develop the vocabulary powerful enough for real intellectual development. Reading allows access to the recorded knowledge of humankind.
READING OCCURS WHEN THE SOUND SYMBOL OR ALPHABETIC SYSTEM THAT RECORDS WORDS AND IDEAS IS MASTERED.
It is vital every child consolidates phonics knowledge (letter sound relationships) in the three or four early years of schooling. Often this doesn’t happen and the reader believes he or she is at fault rather than realising there are skills still needing development.
This needs to be done systematically and step by step to avoid confusion. Poorly taught phonics knowledge creates confusion.
CHECK YOUR PHONICS KNOWLEDGE USING THE CHECK LIST BELOW:
THIS WILL MAKE CLEAR TO YOU WHAT NEEDS TO LEARNED:
The Natural Sequence for Learning any Phonic Method follows:
Step One: Introduce the five short vowels and consonant sounds that are spelled with a single letter.
Step Two: Present the consonants and consonant combinations spelled with 2 or 3 letters
Step Three: Introduce vowels and vowel combinations spelled with 2 or 3 letters.
Step Four: Present the five long vowels
Step Five: Introduce irregular spellings.
For beginning readers the many skills involved in reading do not come easily. Many struggling readers flounder at steps 4 and 5.
Today, due to technology learning to read can be fun and engaging with a successful outcome and done at the rate determined by the learner.
Outstanding programs are available for home study.
Check out the following programs that are excellent for children. I recommend them all as they are based on the solid reading research that has been undertaken over the past few years. Each program is step by step and not overwhelming for the beginning reader or the child who has not mastered the early stages of reading.
ClicknRead Phonics is another excellent program. Click the icon on the left to view this program
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In future posts I intend explaining phonics for adults so keep tuned!