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English | Learning Phonics at Home

Updated: Feb 5, 2021

What is Phonics?

Phonics is a method of teaching children to read using to the sounds of individual letters and groups of letters. The majority of UK schools teach their students to read this way. As schools are closed, we have come up with a guide to help you support your children to improve their phonetic knowledge at home.

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Read our tips on how to help your children develop their phonics.

Know the sounds

There are 44 different sounds in the English language, however each sound is represented with different graphemes (letters that represent that sound). Before teaching your children these sounds, it is important that you too, know how to pronounce the sounds correctly. At Tech Tutors, we recommend using Oxford Owl to practice these sounds.

Talk to your child's teacher

Get in touch with your child’s teacher and ask them for a list of sounds they need to be learning. Once you know the sounds, you can make up some simple flashcards and practice the sounds and words with these sounds on a daily basis. There are a variety of free phonics games available online which will help your child to embed these sounds such as: Buried Treasure, Obb and Bob and Dinosaur Eggs.

Read with your child daily

Listen to your child read daily. Make sure that the book they are reading is appropriate for their reading ability. If they are getting more than 1 in 10 words incorrect, the book may be slightly too challenging. When your child struggles on a word, encourage them to sound it out e.g. s/ea/w/ee/d.

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