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Teaching Phonics to Young Children

teaching preschool phonics

This is where a child is taught to use the sounds and patterns of letters in order to help them deal with unfamiliar words. Some teachers believe that while all children need some knowledge of letter patterns and sounds, they should not be encouraged to ‘sound out’ or ‘build up’ words; rather that they should use their phonic knowledge to help them guess what words are likely to be and then to check their guesses. Other teachers believe that sounding out words is helpful. For example, faced with the word sheep a child may be encouraged to break the word into parts, sound them out and then put them together. To do this he or she must know how sh, ee and p are commonly pronounced and how to blend the sounds together to make the word.

Schools using this kind of approach will probably have a definite phonics teaching programme which the children follow, for example :

Helping Young Children with Handwriting

There are various aspects to handwriting which need to be considered when we think of improving it. This question usually arises in the mid-junior years so that is the stage of development that I shall concentrate on, listing each point and the things to look out for.

Pencil Grip

Do check how your child is holding the pencil and encourage a grip which is both comfortable and allows proper control of the pencil. Some children press very hard when they write which is tiring and hard work, resulting sometimes in handwriting which deteriorates as more is written. They need to be encouraged to relax their grip more.

Holding the Paper

This may seem silly but there are children who don’t keep the paper or book in place with the non-writing hand with the obvious result that the paper or book moves and the child’s writing suffers each time.

Letter Formation

Forming the individual letters correctly is crucial to good handwriting so check to see if this is the problem with your child. The best way is to ask her or him to copy out a sentence which contains all the letters of the alphabet while you watch closely. Here are two example sentences to choose from :

The foundation, and Our Beliefs

Belief in Education

Education Smart Care cover a full range of ages from infants to toddlers. Programs extent to nursery and kindergarten kids depending on the needs of the parents. children is at the heart of our programs and therefore we have been placing great emphasis to create bespoke learning initiatives that open up windows for children and allow them to see the world in a different light. It is an initiative that is attracting support from different perspectives including the medical world. These initiatives has been able to transform the landscape for young children and to open up the possibilities of working within a context that is open to different interpretations. It is a perfect marriage of objectives.

Many of the children that are touched by these program come from backgrounds which are hovering near the poverty line. It is therefore unreasonable to simply concentrate on education without the other aspects of their lives which change the outlook on the things that they do. It is crucial that there are clear guidelines on the types of things that can be done to achieve success in this area.