What is phonics?
Phonics is simply the system of relationships between letters and sounds in a language. When your child learns that the letter B has the sound of 'b' and your second-grader learns that “tion” sounds like 'shun', they are learning phonics.
Why is phonics important?
Learning phonics will help your children learn to read and spell. Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of letters and letter combinations will help your child decode words as he reads. Knowing phonics will also help your child know which letters to use as he writes words.
Books that will help with phonics
- Dr. Seuss's ABC Dr Seuss
- Q is for Duck: An Alphabet Guessing Game Mary Etling and Michael Folsom
- Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostics Steven Schnur
- Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck Lisa Westberg Peters
- Rain Talk Mary Serfozo
- Mortimer Robert Munsch
- The Animal Lorna Balian
- Each Peach Pear Plum Janet and Allan Ahlberg
- Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type Doreen Cronin
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Bill Martin