There are many good phonics programs that are available worldwide. Jolly Phonics, Letterland, Phonics Bug, Read Write Inc.Happy Phonics are some of the well-known phonics programs across the globe and versions of these are used by all Pre Schools in India.
Phonics teaches young learners how to read letters or groups of letters by saying their corresponding sounds. Once the kid grasps the alphabet, and knows the sound each letter represents they continue on to blend these letter-sound pairings together to read a word. They can then distinguish between similar sounds (e.g. “three,” “free,” and “tree”), and phonics’ success is just around the corner. An effective homeschool phonics curriculum will involve frequent reinforcement and review of these skills.
So, here are the 3 characteristics of an effective phonics curriculum to help you choose the best phonics curriculum for your little munchkin! Keep these in mind when choosing your curriculum–we know you’ll make the perfect choice for your family!
3 CHARACTERISTICS OF AN EFFECTIVE PHONICS PROGRAM ARE:
The curriculum should be incremental, sequential, and teach phonograms (a fancy word for sounds and the corresponding letters/group of letters).Common phonemes should be taught first so it helps the kids to make more words. For example- S,A,T,I, P, N etc.
Not only do young children learn in unique and individual ways—they also have short attention spans. Choose a curriculum with activities to compliment a variety of learning styles—visual, auditory, verbal, and kinesthetic. Additionally, when you choose a curriculum that engages different learning styles, your phonics lessons will have movement and energy! The variety keeps kids focused and positive.
There are so many patterns and rules in our language like open and closed syllables, the rules for using “magic e”, when to use “ck”, and many more. So many patterns! When these rules and patterns are incorporated into our reading instruction, our kids experience greater success in both reading and spelling.
Using a synthetic phonics approach, we can teach children the five key skills for reading and writing, that is , learning the letter sounds, learning the letter formation, blending, identifying the sounds in words ( segmenting), and Tricky words. This can be done in a child friendly manner through innovative class sheets and Early learning educator interventions.