Phonics is a method used to teach our children English. Phonics lesson for children involves teaching how to connect the sounds of spoken English with letters or groups of letters. Children typically start reading with the aid of phonics at the age of 5 or 6 years old.

Phonics is a set of rules that children should remember and apply when forming new words. My son, Ashton has got quite a good foundation in English and I have to credit his school, Growing Up Gifted GUG, for their constant drilling of phonics since his toddler class. That is how he got to know phonics at the back of his hands.

importance of teaching phonics for children

I am a strong believer in learning phonics for children. With the simple rules of Phonics lesson in mind, it aids the children in the following aspects:

#1 Makes Reading Easier

Phonics builds a basic foundation when teaching the children how to read. Children start understanding sounds natural when they learn to speak. Phonics teaches them how to break down words through sounds. By being able to break down the words, they are able to recognize words easier and thus enhance their reading ability even with unknown words in future reading.

#2 Makes Learning Spelling Easier

Mastering Phonics will enable children to blend words and at the same time teaches them how to dissect certain words. By being able to break down the words, they will be able to learn how to spell certain words easier.

#3 More Accurate Pronunciation

By perfecting the actual 44 speech sound of the 26 alphabets, the children will be able to pronounce better when they converse in English.

#4 Other Subjects using English

Don’t forgetting that English is the first language for schools in Singapore. Many other important subjects such as Mathematics and Science are being taught in English. By building a good foundation in the language, it will certain aids the child in school activities down the road.

Mastering phonics for your children will give them an edge over others in school and reduce the stress of not being able to catch up with English related subjects.

By Elaine.

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