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Supporting Phonics at Home
Talking, listening, singing, rhythm and rhyme are all important for children’s language development. Start by listening. This will encourage your child to talk and use more and more relevant language.
Getting your child to distinguish between different types of sounds is also helpful.
Doing these activities with your child will also help to increase their attention span – another important step in preparing to learn phonics.
It is important for a child to learn lower case of small letters rather than capital letters at first. Most early books and games use lower case letters and your child is learning these first at school. Obviously you should use a capital letter when required, such as at the beginning of a child's name, e.g. Paul.
Blending refers to the skill needed to read, i.e merging the sounds together to read/pronounce a word (c-a-t, cat). Segmenting refers to the skill needed to spell, i.e taking apart the sounds in the word in order and assigning a written sound to each. (cat, c-a-t).
Children find this easier if they can learn to orally blend and segment first. To support them in this, you can use “Robot talk”.
For segmenting reverse these games so children are asking you. Have fun with it, don’t make it a chore. Let us know if you would like more ideas or if you have an idea yourself!