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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 :