Introduction - What is PHONICS?
Phonics is a method of teaching children to read by linking sounds (phonemes) and the symbols that represent them (graphemes, or letter groups). Phonics instruction teaches children how to decode letters into their respective sounds, a skill that is essential for them to read unfamiliar words by themselves.
As a parent you want your child to do well in school and in life, and you know that being a good reader is a critical element of this success. But, you may or may not know that PHONICS is a key element in helping children to become successful readers.
The aim of this course is to outperform students in reading and make reading as his/her habit.
Why is Reading Important?
The Department for Education National Curriculum for England states that reading helps pupils to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually and socially.
An important goal of PHONICS is to enable young learners to become fluent readers and this is the best way to develop pupils' comprehension skills and love of reading, and prepare them for success in the school.
As their reading skills develop, pupils gain the ability to read a wide variety of material, including stories, poems and non-fiction. This extensive reading broadens their vocabulary, develops their general knowledge, and allows them to acquire self-knowledge. It is also believed that when children share in the lives of others, they see the world through new eyes and develop a greater capacity for empathy. In addition, reading may actually help to increase the young reader's intelligence by laying down new neural pathways in the brain.
How Can Phonics Help?
Phonics is an important method to develop reading fluency.
Phonics teaches pupils that letters they see written on a page are part of a code which represents the sounds of spoken language, and provides them with the tools to understand that code. With these skills they develop into fluent readers who are able to quickly recognize familiar words and to easily sound out new words they encounter.
Phonics allows young readers to develop their reading comprehension. With practice, pupils' decoding skills become so automatic that they are able to concentrate on and easily understand the overall meaning of what they are reading.
Phonics also raises children's phonemic awareness. This is the ability to understand how words are formed, and to break them down into individual sounds. For example, if a teacher asks "what are the sounds in the word ball" pupils will answer "b" "aw" and "l". This helps them not only with reading but also with spelling and writing. A study conducted by educational psychologist Marlynne Grant from 2011 to 2013 followed the progress of a group of children from reception to Year Two. The study found that pupils in classes who began a phonics program in Reception and received small group teaching if they fell behind were well ahead of the level expected for their age. They were ahead by an average of 28 months for reading and 21 months for spelling. By the end of the study the most successful child, a 7 year old boy, attained a 13 years and 9 months level in reading and a 14 years and nine months level in spelling.
Phonics has additional benefits that go beyond reading and writing
It is also believed that phonics has additional benefits that go beyond reading and writing. It may also help to develop general thinking skills. In the 1970's the United States Department of Education conducted a huge educational experiment known as Project Follow Through. One finding of the study was that students trained to analyze words through a phonics-based program demonstrated superior critical thinking skills. Also, Linguist Barbara Birch believes that phonics training helps readers to develop the logical skills of probabilistic reasoning and reasoning by analogy because English spelling does not always follow predictable rules.
Of course, all children are individuals with their own learning styles. Because all children are unique, phonics may not be the best teaching method for all. It should therefore be part of a complete, well-rounded reading program that encourages visual learners to recognize whole words by sight, and that incorporates opportunities for extensive reading and creative writing.
As a parent you can help your child to develop a love of reading. If you are a reader yourself and have plenty of books at home, you set an excellent example. You can also introduce your child to picture books before they start school, and help them to enjoy stories by regularly reading aloud to them.
Phonics course Structure @ Aristo Kids
What is Phonics?
Phonics is a way of teaching reading where your child is taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent. Children can then start to read words by blending the sounds together to make a word.
Why is phonics the best method for teaching my child to read?
Phonics makes learning to read easier, simpler and crucially gets children reading quicker. This helps to increase a child's confidence and instill a love of reading from an early age. Rather than memorizing 1,000's of words, children are instead taught a phonics ‘code’. This code helps children work out how to read 95% of the English language.