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Are phonics the best way to learn to read?

by Speedie >> Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:28 AM
Last updated on: Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:58 PM

We've just reached the learning to read stage and I'm wondering what the best approach is. I know most schools and nurseries use phonics but I just wondered what other people's experience was and what methods worked best for you. Phonics are new to me though that's not a problem in itself - I can brush up. I remember learning with flash cards and learning to recognise whole words. Do people still use this method? Can you combine the two?

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Re: Are phonics the best way to learn to read?

by rumbled >> Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:52 PM
Last updated on: Wed Nov 30, -0001 12:00 AM

As with everything when you are bringing up small children you are bombarded with different methods, and told what is right and wrong. Every child is different and I would try every method and find what a) works for you and b) is fun for your child. I taught my son to read with post-it notes, every item in our house was labelled 'television', 'fridge', 'oven' etc. the familiarity of seeing the word, and to a child it's a pattern, on an object they know, soon gave him a concept of the written word and from then it's a hop, skip and a jump to books, flash cards, puzzles and more importantly wanting to learn. It worked with my son and he was reading before he went to school.

Re: Are phonics the best way to learn to read?

by Sandra Hutchinson >> Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:01 PM
Last updated on: Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:02 PM

Phonics are great for most children but those with auditory processing difficulties may struggle. If your child isn't making the progress they should, chat to the class-teacher and express your concerns. They may have an underlying SEN that hasn't yet been picked up. Don't leave things too late - early intervention really can make the world of difference - not just to progress in reading but to self-esteem and confidence too.

Re: Are phonics the best way to learn to read?

by Choc-holic >> Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:06 PM
Last updated on: Wed Nov 30, -0001 12:00 AM

My twins love the CBeebies programme 'Alphablocks' - the letters come to life and tell stories. The CBeebies website has Alphablocks games and activities and I think you can also buy an Alphablocks magazine.

Re: Are phonics the best way to learn to read?

by fuddiedaddy >> Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:57 PM
Last updated on: Wed Nov 30, -0001 12:00 AM

For most children phonics work well and are a fun way to learn. Try Jolly Phonics or Letterland.

Re: Are phonics the best way to learn to read?

by Choc-holic >> Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:54 PM
Last updated on: Wed Jun 5, 2013 9:25 PM

We have a word tin with all the common words from her favourite books in. My daughter gets to pick them out of the tin and is starting to recognise certain words - she's even pointing them out in the books now. I add new words to the tin as appropriate.

Re: Are phonics the best way to learn to read?

by kiwi222 >> Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:52 PM
Last updated on: Wed Nov 30, -0001 12:00 AM

I'm sure there's nothing wrong with combining methods - whatever you find works. I recommend finding out how they approach it at and then continuing in this way at home too. We had the Kipper books from ORT because this was the method they used at my daughter's school.





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