Phonics is the understanding of how letters combine to make sounds and words, which is a crucial step toward learning to read.
Teaching phonics builds on previously learned skills:
- Understanding the alphabet
- Knowing that words are made up of sounds which can be changed to create new words: h + at = hat, c + at = cat
- Distinguishing between similar sounds: “three,” “free” and “tree”
Phonics success comes by progressing through these skills carefully with frequent reinforcement and review.
Time4Learning systematically teaches phonics as part of an integrated reading and language arts program. Our animated characters will engage your student while building a solid reading foundation.
Phonics curriculum usually starts with teaching letters, slowly creating a working knowledge of the alphabet. Children learn the sounds of each letter by associating it with the word that starts with that sound. Phonics skills grow through reading activities, and students learn to distinguish between vowels and consonants and understand letter combinations such as blends and digraphs.
While a phonics curriculum is a critical step in learning to read, many parents and educators forget that before you can succeed with a phonics curriculum, you must teach phonemic and phonological awareness. Time4Learning makes sure that the children have the necessary pre-phonics skills to be successful with a phonics curriculum. Learn more about Time4Learning’s reading and online phonics curriculum available through our web-based educational system. We offer intensive phonics training in a fun, online and animated learning program.
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Phonemic awareness involves the understanding of the relationship between sounds and words. Phonemic awareness is the understanding that words are made of sounds that can be used, like reusable building blocks, to construct words (h + at = hat, f + at = fat, etc). Phonological awareness is another pre-phonics skill that trains a child’s ear to discriminate between similar sounding sounds (with phonemic awareness, children will distinguish between “three” from words like “free” or “tree”).
Contrary to popular belief, phonemic awareness does not appear when young children are learning to talk, because this pre-phonics skill not necessary for speaking and understanding spoken language. However, phonemic awareness is critical for a successful phonics curriculum.
Pre-Reading Activities for Students
Parents can do a variety of reading activities to enhance a phonics curriculum. Start with showing your child the letters of the alphabet, spell their name and sound it out to them. Help your preschool student learn the letters in their name. Encourage your preschooler to pay attention to the sounds in words, and make language a game. When you sing songs and nursery rhymes while showing them the matching words on the page, you will help your child understand that words are made of sounds and help them distinguish separate sounds into words.
The language arts is GREAT for helping with phonics and beginner reading skills… Plus, the lessons are thoroughly entertaining!
Here at Letter Stadium, first graders learn about “r-controlled vowels” from the Phonics Football Players.
Early Reading Activities for Students
By the end of kindergarten, students should know the letters and their corresponding sounds. Your phonics curriculum should use reading activities that will help your student identify words that begin with the same sounds and reinforce letter recognition. Use reading activities that show your child the difference between upper and lowercase letters.
Be careful not to push your kindergartener too hard. While most children follow the same sequence of acquiring literacy skills, they do so at their own pace. Your phonics curriculum should recognize that all children are different, and cater to your child’s learning style.
Advanced Phonics for 1st and 2nd Graders
Advanced phonics teaches children beyond decoding words with single syllables. This advanced phonics curriculum teaches your 1st grader to identify syllables into words and how to spell. In 2nd grade, your student will advance their phonics knowledge by mastering multi-syllabic words and learning to spell as well as decode. As the reading foundation becomes more solid, the advanced phonics curriculum should slowly expand your 2nd grader’s understanding by encouraging them to attempt larger, more complicated words and to start recognizing word roots, prefixes and suffixes.
From preschool to 2nd grade, Time4Learning uses reading activities and fun interactive games to teach and reinforce your on line phonics curriculum. Children learn at their own pace in a safe, supportive environment designed to build a foundation of pre-phonics skills that will lead to a greater understanding of advanced or intensive phonics. Get on the right track to teaching your child phonics. Learn more about Time4Learning’s comprehensive reading and on line phonics curriculum.
Phonics Lessons for Homeschool, Afterschool or Summer Use
Time4Learning can be used for homeschool, afterschool or summer learning and is a great way to start young learners off on the right foot. Time4Learning presents phonics curriculum in a style that is both engaging and effective. Kids love the funny sound effects and quirky cartoon characters delivering the material. Animated, interactive lessons feel more like video games than learning exercises. Plus, the student-paced nature of the program teaches them how to work independently, giving them a sense of ownership over their progress, which is a great motivator.
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