You all may have heard about learning phonics every nowadays. Pre-schools have started teaching phonics. But do we know if that is actually mandatory to learn? What are the benefits? Is there any real time impact of it? Is it difficult to understand? Is it compulsory at school? Do we need to opt for any external classes or session other than school? And before all these questions, do you know what is phonics? If not, then post is for you. Please continue to read further. But before that you can also check out this video where my son is practicing phonic with his grand mother. Isn’t it lovely?
So, let me help you to understand first, what is phonic?
- Phonic involves the learning the sound! It helps the child to associate with what the child is listening to!
- In phonic, the letters are not introduced as alphabets! Instead, they teach the sound of each letter first!
- There are different ways to teach letters sound. Some follows Jolly Phonics method, while other follows the Alphabetic order only! There is no any difference in learning with any methods but Jolly phonics has its own set of sequence to follow!
What are the benefits of learning phonics?
- Once, the child understands the sound they can make the words by listening to them! Gone are the days, where we used to mug up the spellings like ,Cat, bat, map, pig etc.
- Here, with phonic, they listen to words, they break it into sound and then they make the spelling! How interesting it is!
- So no more stress on brain to remember the spells of every single words!
Is it difficult to understand?
- Not at all!
- The sounds of each letter is been introduced with fun and interactive way. Like, Story telling with objects, Puppets, Role play, Music and many more interesting and fun ways.
- The child doesn’t even realizes how fast they are learning!
Is it compulsory at school?
- Well, most schools/pre-schools do follow this.
Do we need to opt for any external classes or session other than school?
- This it up to you! You know your child best and take the steps based on that.
Is there any real time impact of it?
- Yes, of course! It helps the child in early reading skills.
Limitation of phonic!
- In English, many high-frequency and sight words are irregular, they don’t follow the sound.
- Ex. The word ‘knife’ does not have a ‘K’, sound but it begins with the sound /K/. The word ‘to’ doesn’t pronounced with phonic rule! There are many exceptions but those are well taken care!
- The words those don’t follow the phonic rule, teaches do teach them in way that the child can match up with what they are teaching! Yet, is still better than having to rote-learn the pronunciation of all words in a text!
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