Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Phonics

The phonics method teaches kids to decode words by sounds, rather than recognising whole words. The emphasis in early years teaching is on synthetic phonics, in which words are broken up into the smallest units of sound (phonemes).

Kids are taught the letters (graphemes) that represent these phonemes and also learn to mixture them into words. So, at its most basic, children are trained to read the letters in a word like c-a-t, and then combine them to pronounce the word cat.

Key words: sun, sat, sing, seed, ship, swing

Key words: ant, apple, add, arc, ape, ace

Key words: tap, tin, tip, tall, tail, teeth

Key words: pin, pot, pan, pill, pet, pond