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7 Tips for Success with Phonics


Whether it’s a young child first learning to speak, read and write, or a non-native English speaker looking to become comfortable with the language, phonics has become a popular teaching method. At Leap of Language, speech pathologist Jessica Patrick cares about the speech development of your child. She offers gentle, customized instruction to facilitate the learning of phonetics and phonics, focusing on reading, spelling, pronunciation, and vocabulary. 


Phonics works by developing learners' phonemic awareness—the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate phonemes—in order to teach the correspondence between these sounds and the spelling patterns that represent them. Some tips to get the most out of this teaching method:

  1. Read aloud. Include alphabet books. Some alphabet books tell a story or share information. Look for these.

  2. Sing the alphabet often. Be careful that “l-m-n-o” doesn’t come too quickly and sound like one letter. It is a group of letters with four distinct sounds; slow down at this part, maybe even pause after the letter n, and then continue with saying the alphabet slowly and clearly.

  3. Point to alphabet letters and say their names. Mix the letters and say their names.

  4. Make letters in fun ways with paint, play clay, sticks, sugar, or sand.

  5. Mimic the sounds. Look at letters, say the letter name, say the letter sound, then say a word that begins with that sound.

  6. Make flash cards. Play letter games such as Memory or Go Fish with letters or sounds, and when you find a match say a word that begins with that matched sound. Play Tic-Tac-Toe using letters other than X and O.

  7. Start with simple words, like bat. Write the word on a piece of paper, point to the first letter, and ask for the sound. Continue with each subsequent letter.

Leap of Language, we are committed to the successful acquisition of language for children of all abilities, so that they can successfully communicate and express themselves to others. To find out more about our services, give us a call today.


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