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How to help your child with phonics. 

  • Listen for sounds every day. 
  • Hold up an object and ask questions such as "What sound does this start with?"
  • Play games such as I-spy using phonic sounds, eg I spy with my little eye something beginning with (say letter sound).
  • Help your child to form the letter correctly as they say the sound - this could be using their finger in the air or using a variety of drawing equipment,  pencils, crayons, felt tips etc
  • Play a blending game e.g. you sound out the word c-a-t and they have to say the word (start with simple three letter words)
  • Use the letter name and the sound it makes. 
  • We use 'pure' sounds when sounding out the letters, ie the shortest sound possible.  For good examples of how to do this see Mr Thorne's phonics http://mrthorne.com/home/phonics/introduction/.  There are also videos for each letter sound on this website.
  • Another good website for phonics games is Phonics Play http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ParentsMenu.htm.  There is lots of advice and interactive resources. 
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