Phonics at home – where to begin
Here at The Children’s Literacy Charity, we have always been an advocate for parents doing their bit at home, particularly when it comes to reading and phonics. We backed the Government’s initiative in 2018 to help promote early language and literacy development through the Home Learning Environment (HLE) and have been successful in developing our own ‘Ready for Reading and Writing Packs‘ that support parents and carers to undertake phonic-based activities at home.
As from today, many children across the country will be home-schooled by their parents or carers. But there will be many children whose parents are unable to teach them for a number of reasons: English may not be their first language; they may have poor Literacy skills themselves or have siblings of differing ages leaving parents wondering where to begin.
Today’s article aims to guide and direct parents to a number of online phonic-based activities. It can be a minefield to know where to begin with so many ideas and tips on offer. To get you and your child going, we are sharing a few of our favourite websites that are completely free to use.
Phonics can be a tricky area to get right for parents as many parents did not learn phonics when they were at school. Being able to articulate the phonemes (sounds of letters) accurately may take a fair bit of practice. Rest assured, the following link will help you as a parent gain knowledge in this area. Articulation of Phonemes is widely used in training sessions for new teachers in getting them ready to teach phonics. Watch how the sounds (both consonants and vowels) are made and notice some that are unvoiced – c, f, p, t are just a few.
Phonics at Play
Another fantastic website is Phonics Play which has just allowed free access to all due to the school closures. Early Years and KS1 teachers use this fun, interactive website in the discrete teaching of phonics in schools. They have a new site and it is easy to register and get going. Your children will love it.
Twinkl Twinkl help my star
Twinkl is a popular website with teachers and it has also opened up their subscription. It supports a broad range of school topics and themes, providing flashcards, visual word banks, writing frames and many more resources. This link supports children on Phase 3 sounds of phonics which many children in Reception will be working on.
A very popular phonic scheme used in schools is Read Write Inc (RWI) which we are big fans of here at The CLC. On the Ruth Miskin Youtube channel, you will find short videos posted Monday to Friday on the speed sounds with an expert trainer. Sit back and enjoy!
Monsters at the ready!
Teach Your Monster to Read is another great, fun and interactive site. Aimed at young children in the first stages of learning to read; both those who are on track and those who need extra support and motivation. The series complements Phases 2-5 of Letters and Sounds and other major systematic synthetic phonics programmes.
Phonics CAN be FUN!
If you are on Facebook, you do really need to follow Fun Phonics. There are copious videos and ideas for phonics in the home that will engage your child. Full of practical, hands-on, fun activities, your child won’t even realise they are learning phonics. Even the most disengaged learner will be interested. You can also find some of the resources available to buy on the Fun Phonics website.