Do you feel you have a good enough understanding of phonics to help your child?
Do you worry that you don’t really understand the terms your child comes home using, such as digraph and trigraph?
Are you really clear exactly what your child is learning in each phonics phase?
Do you know fun ways to help support your child in their learning?
Is the answer a resounding NO!
It is for many parents, that is why we are here to help…
Welcome to PhonicsHelp …
… a new site which explains in
simple steps how you as parents can support your child
in each of the phases in phonics.
Read on to find out how we can help YOU …
|‘My son has come home talking about digraphs, graphemes and phonemes … I don’t know what to tell him. I don’t know what they mean!’|
|… PhonicsHelp gives you clear explanations as to what all the different terms and words mean. We introduce new words and their meanings in the correct phase so you can clearly understand what your child will be learning at each stage of their development.|
|‘My child will not read his school reading book as they are outdated.’|
|…This is a classic! We totally understand at PhonicsHelp that not all school readers appeal to every child therefore we introduce lots of different reading genres and ways that you can take any book and turn it into material of benefit to your child, for example a magazine or a recipe book. The important thing is that they read and the best thing to start with is something which appeals to their interests.|
|‘My daughter isn’t reading her books. She is just looking at the pictures! I know this isn’t helping her at all so now I cover the pictures.’|
|… No No No! Pictures are important for many reasons, including self-esteem. Letting your child use the clues to help decode and read words is perfectly acceptable – we stress this many time within our site!|
|‘My daughter attends private school. Does PhonicsHelp cover what she is learning?’|
|… Yes PhonicsHelp will support any phonics learning be it private school, home tuition or public school. It is packed with great activities for your child to enjoy.|
|’All my son wants to do is live, breathe and play football with his friends, I can’t get him interested in his phonics or reading at all!’|
|… Great! Use this to your advantage. Learn the team names, read the weekly results table, use football magazines and footballers profiles to encourage him to read.|
|‘My sister and I have children of similar ages, she has been teaching her 3 month old phonics since she was born. I tell her she is wasting her time. Children only begin to read when they start school NOT as a baby!’|
|… I am sorry but you are very much mistaken. Your sister is absolutely right. Phonics begins from birth. It is of great importance that babies hear sound distinction and play sound games as from as early as possible.|
|‘This isn’t the way I was taught to read at school. Have things really changed that much?’|
|… Unfortunately the approach to reading has changed dramatically over the last few years but with our guidance you will soon have the hang of what your child is learning and how and when the sounds are introduced.|
|‘My child doesn’t enjoy reading books! However he will happily play the interactive phonics games online. Isn’t that enough?’|
|… Many of the online games and apps that are available are great but can be limited. We do suggest some super interactive resources ourselves, which we as teachers and parents have used with great success. However, some of the sounds taught are not always covered well with online games. Games can also be very isolating - not allowing parent to pick up on errors or misunderstandings. Whereas our games encourage you the parent, to play closely with your child so that you can clearly identify any sounds they are struggling with.|
|‘My child has special needs. Can PhonicsHelp benefit his learning?’|
|… Of course! Many of our games are kinaesthetic, enabling many children with special needs to access them.|
|‘It’s not my job to teach my child to read, that’s what they go to school for!’|
|… Unfortunately in today’s busy schools, and with the ever changing curriculum, at the moment children only get on average 20 minutes of phonics a day which isn’t very much considering it is so vital to their learning and development. If you feel your child benefits from this school time alone then great. However many parents feel it isn’t enough and want to support their children. It is of course a personal choice but PhonicsHelp really will allow your child to embed what they are learning in school and allow you to understand how your child is learning to read, write and spell.|
For more information about our site please see our FAQ’s on the AboutUs
For more information about the development of phonics at each stage please see WhatisPhonics?