Home School Helps – Phonics

Home School Helps – Phonics

Silly Sounds Help Children to Learn Phonics

Phonics are all about sound and so are children. Pre-school, Kindergarten, and first grade children are learning to read, and phonics makes reading so much easier. The following game will help children learn phonics while having fun.

Find the Snake

Pick a room in your home and have your child or children stand in the middle. Tell them they are looking for a snake that makes a “hiss” sound but is hiding in different shapes. Explain the shape the snake is hiding in has an “S” or “hiss” sound when you say its name. Give an example of the “s” sound such as “salt” and then let the children start looking for snakes and see how many they can find. You can also play the game looking out a window to find snakes outside. Once the children know a letter sound well and can identify objects easily. Give them an index card on which you drawn an upper case “s” on one side and a lower case “s” on the other side. Do this with all the letters of the alphabet. When the children have a complete set of letters, they will recognize the sound connected to each.

Once they have their set of alphabet cards, have them close their eyes and pick a card. They should read the letter on the card and then name words that start with the letter chosen.

The next exercise is to say a letter sound, have the child identify the letter connected to the sound and name a few words beginning with the sound.

After all the alphabet letters are learned and can be identified by sight and sound, reading will come easily, and children will be able to sound out words they have never seen.

15 to 20 minutes a day is sufficient time for this exercise.

Note: Many schools teach children to memorize “sight words” and although all learning methods produce some positive results, memorizing the dictionary is not possible. It’s much better for a child to be able to sound out new words, and then go to the dictionary for their meaning. You can purchase a dictionary for children on Amazon. Merriam-Webster, Scholastic, and Oxford all offer excellent children’s dictionaries. Learning to use a dictionary will be an upcoming lesson.

If you enjoy this lesson, please pass it along to a friend who has a young child. During this time of homeschooling, many parents can use positive teaching ideas that children will enjoy.

If you enjoy this lesson, please pass it along to a friend who has a young child. During this time of homeschooling, many parents can use positive teaching ideas that children will enjoy.

Copyright Judith Hayes 3/2020