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KNOWING THE SOUNDS OF WRITTEN LETTERS AND WORDS

Teachers Call This Skill:

PHONICS

Phonics is the understanding of the relationship between the letters in written words and the sounds of these words when spoken.

To become skilled readers, children must have a strong base in phonics, or an understanding of the sounds of written letters and words. Children will use phonics when learning how to blend sounds together to read words.

Because several areas of the brain must work together to “decode” or sound out words, children must practice this skill repeatedly. Children also use phonics to spell words when they write.

Remember to have fun! The end goal is joy of reading.  Build automaticity with letter sounds and decoding to have greater understanding of what you read.

WATCH & LEARN

Water Squirt

  • Write various letters or letter sound combination patterns on a wall or ground with chalk.

  • The child will squirt the letter or group of letters for the sound you say.

  • Repeat multiple times and see if the child can go faster.

TRY THESE ACTIVITIES

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