First of all, before teaching phonics it's important to understand what is phonics? Phonics is simply a reading and spelling tool to help us understand the relationship between letters and the sounds they make. While there are only 26 letters in the English alphabet, there are over 40 different individual units of sounds those letters create called phonemes.
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Phonemic awareness starts very early and is the first step in learning how to read. Reading aloud to your very young children is so important because that's what helps them develop this skill of recognizing the sounds of words when they hear them spoken.
Schools start teaching phonics in kindergarten and first grade. As parents, you can start before your kids start school and you can certainly supplement the lessons they get in the classroom.
Preschool language development begins with vocabulary and is followed by preschoolers reading and then early writing skills.
To develop vocabulary, it is very important that you talk to your child and not use baby words for things,
For example, avoid using words like 'doggy' for dog or 'baba' for baby. Learning a language is tricky, but it gets all the more difficult when you start making up your own words.
For a good foundation of preschool language, you need to talk and listen to your child. Later on this will help with their reading and their writing skills.
When you are talking or reading a story your child is taking a lot of information, they will study the movement of your lips, the sound that comes out of your mouth, the volume, the pitch and the rhythm of the words you say.
In fact, they are learning preschool language from you everyday.
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