Phonics is a necessary part of any good method of teaching reading.
Teaching children phonics and helping them develop phonemic awareness is the key to mastering words, which is the first key step toward successful reading.
Children need to develop knowledge of the letters, the sounds represented by the letters, and the connection between sounds created by combining the letters where words are formed.
This is an essential part of mastering reading, and enabling children to become independent readers.
By learning phonics and phonemic awareness, children gain the ability to pronounce new words, develop clear articulation, improve spelling, and develop self-confidence.
When it comes to teaching your children to read, it must include three basic principles:
1) Reading for the child, whether it’s a word, sentence, or story, must appeal to your child’s interests.
2) Never pressure or force your child into reading, turning it into a negative “event” in their life.
It should be a fun, enjoyable, and rewarding experience. This will take ample amounts of patience on the part of the parents, and some creativity.
3) Teaching your child to read must begin with the mastery of the phonemes – the individual sounds which makeup the words.