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Phonics is a widely used method of teaching children how to read. It is often referred to as instructional design for teaching children to read and is taught by teaching children to connect sounds with letters or letter groups. Teaching phonics has not come without controversy. Since the 19th century, critics were calling for the phonics teachings to be annulled from American schools. This ultimately led to the Look and Say approach of teaching with the Dick and Jane series of books and reading instructions.
Phonics repopulated and began to be used once again in the 1950’s and began increase in popularity in the 1980’s. The use of phonics still meets with controversy on this teaching method of reading verses other methods, such as sight words and word recognition. Yet, using the phonics method can help children with sounding out words in both reading and spelling subjects.
If you are interested in teaching your children the phonics method, here are some simple tips that will successfully help you with your venture.
Make the experience fun for your child; dance around, give funny words for each letter while you are sounding them out or make the experience a blast. However you feel most comfortable doing it, just make sure your children have fun learning.
Take every opportunity to sound letters out to your child. When you are reading a book, stop a few times to go over different words with your child, without disrupting the flow of the story. When you are in a car sound out words you see on signs on the side of the road.
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Follow the instructions on these programs for maximum success. If you do not purchase one of these phonics programs, you can always provide your own fun, by popping in your favorite music CD and dance around with the flashcards in hand. Just be sure to turn the volume down low enough for your children to hear you.
Children learn much faster when they are laughing and having fun, but even when you can’t have a blast together use all other teaching opportunities to sound out letters and words while traveling in the car, at the grocery store, at the doctor’s office, or anywhere else there are signs with words and letters.
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