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October 5, 2011

Teaching Phonics and Phonic Awareness to Early Learners

Teaching Phonics and Phonic Awareness to Early Learners.

Phonic Awareness and Teaching Guides For Young Children

In preparation of reading comprehension activity books created for children and then onward transmission/submission to various organizations or for availability as free downloads on various websites an inordinate amount of time is spent researching age-appropriate content for children. This same principle applies to the formal education system.

The public domain resources available on the internet today are an excellent source of materials with which to begin one’s research, and to source age appropriate material with which to educate young children by way of reading comprehension. One soon realizes that there is little difference between early education and that of today – schools are man-made. Home Education has been around since the beginning of time!

The words and terms utilized when compiling these books should not be outside the general vocabulary of any child in the normal environment. The content of the books that are supplied to children for educational or leisure purposes should be based on the usual experiences of childhood and prove to be full of vivid meaning for children.

Recognizing the eye as a highly important agent in the reading process, it is feasible that in view of studies and research, a plan of presentation of sentences and phrases intended to develop focal fields, wider perception plans, and eye sweeps (from left to right) and to reduce to the bare minimum eye-pauses and eye-regressions.

Much slow, hesitant and uncomprehending reading has been shown to be due to a mechanical distraction or over-emphasis on a word or words or letter units.

It has been demonstrated that these distractions therefore interfere with the formation of correct reading habits, and that they can largely be eliminated or reduced through proper presentation of new material and through carefully constructed exercises which lead the child to first recognize and read the sentence as a whole – afterwards breaking it up into its separate words.

It is suggested that each new step, i.e. learning words, making phrases and then learning the whole sentence, be developed and practiced by the educator first. Further practice may be gained from the development pages in the workbooks, prior to reading the entire “story” in which these preliminary or preparatory steps have their application.

Children should at first be exposed to the “look and say” portions of workbooks, prior to actually reading the story and the preliminary phonic work, i.e. the individual words and phrases, should be developed independently in a child’s first “look and say” primer. In this event we make extensive use of the “220 Dolch words” being the 220 most common used words learned by children from primer to Grade 3 level. Of course this varies from country to country and culture to culture, but the basics remain the same.

In all activities it is imperative that the child be allowed to develop at their own pace and that the learning activity be a fun and interactive activity. This serves to encourage a more enthusiastic approach to learning in this manner.

Donnette E Davis, single WAHM and mother to 6, passionate homeschooler and author of children’s educational ebooks. Host and webmistress of St Aiden’s Homeschool, South Africa. Our website is updated almost daily with free teacher/parent and student resources, with activities for very little people right up to adults, and includes educational resources for family health and family law. http://www.staidenshomeschool.com

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Phonic Awareness and Teaching Guides For Young Children


Footsteps on the Road to Learning
First Phonics for Early Learners

154 pages,
52 Lessons
5.88 MB
only $3.00

Footsteps on the Road to Learning ~ First Phonics Book

This book is suitable for those children who are commencing their reading and writing educational journey, ideally preschool to Grade 1, although exercises in cursive handwriting have been included for the older child. Only about six new words are to be mastered in each lesson. These new words and the new elementary sounds are always to be found in the vocabulary of the lesson in which they are first used.

The plan of the book enables the educator to pursue the Phonic Method, the Word Method, the Alphabet Method, or any combination of these methods.

There are 52 phonics lessons with a number of fun activities in each lesson. That is one lesson for every week of the year. At the end of the book are handwriting exercises in both tracing and cursive handwriting for more common three letter words. The cursive Alphabet in lower and upper case can be found towards the end of the book, as well as 3 pages of handwriting lines : tracing, cursive and standard lines.

Colourful illustrations have been used throughout, and the skilled teacher will be able to use them to great advantage. Printable Flash Cards and Sight Word cards are included for most of the lessons.

The script exercises throughout the book and the writing exercises at the end have been specially written and carefully prepared for this book; they may be used to teach the reading of cursive, and as exercises in learning to write.

I have no doubt that you will find this book a fun, useful and necessary addition to your educational material.

Blessings to you and your little one on your educational journey.
Footsteps on the Road to Learning ~ First Phonics Book

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