"A, B, C, it's easy as 1, 2, 3" ABC by The Jackson 5
This is email 1 of 5 in my series on phonics: Over the next 5 weeks I'll share a series on phonics in this newsletter. It will have tips for those working with kids and plenty of fun facts for those following along to support (hi mom!)
Let's talk phonics: Phonics simply means the method used to teach reading and writing. It's for languages with an alphabet- like English and it's not for the faint of heart.
Why?: Well, reading and writing is complicated! It's freaking hard to explain it and there is so much to learn.
Educators are still arguing about the best approach and you’ll probably observe many abrupt changes over the years (especially with testing). Don't get caught up in that though! If you commit as a family to prioritize school you can take on anything...even phonics 😜
How can I help?: Phonics is taught most heavily in Preschool to 2nd grade, then it tapers off. It's essential that a child has help outside of school to succeed. The good news is, reinforcing it doesn't have to be hard:
⭐︎ Read together. Every Day. Period.
⭐︎ When you teach the alphabet focus more on the letter's sound than its name. Say: W says /w/ like in walrus instead of Walrus starts with letter W. Watch more alphabet tips here!
⭐︎ Build writing into your routine- the more comfortable your kiddo is with writing, the easier it will become. Family journals are a really fun way to keep up with it. Here's a video on how to do it.
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I'll be back next week with tips on how to spell using letter boxes!
Yours in education,