is phonics class a must?

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is phonics class a must?

Postby 24hr-mum » Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:41 am

is phonics class a must?
i know it helps in reading n spelling.
but if dont go for phonics, still can do well?
my #1 didnt go cos she likes to read on her own but i do notice she has some spelling errors cos no phonics sense

but our time we dint hv phonics but still survive or do well for eng

i m thnkg whr to send number two for phonics but he can read sight reading well.

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Postby daddy2007 » Fri Dec 03, 2010 11:37 am

Personally I think learning phonics at a young age help in 1 step ahead in reading.

I noticed that when a young child (ard 3 yrs old) read, they probably read the words casue they memorised those words.

My DW taught my DD phoncis (+ blends) starting 2yrs old. I noticed that now my DD can pronounce alot more words through phonics & blendings. But one thing I notice is that not all words can be pronounced correctly through phonics & thus my DW got to teach her on this aspect when they encountered certain words

But then eventually one will learn to read when they go primary school. So see if you want to wait till then
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Postby jasmineong » Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:42 pm

I agree with Daddy2007,

My oldest did not go for phonics, my second one did. And I could see the difference..the older one struggled more in Primary 1 but in the end, now he is doing well..so I think it makes a difference but only at the lower level but if you can work with your child at home, then I think phonics does not make much of a difference.

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Postby Mrs Ang » Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:47 pm

What is the minimum age we can enrol our child for phonics class?

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Postby jasmineong » Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:49 pm

Mrs Ang wrote:What is the minimum age we can enrol our child for phonics class?


I know of 3 year olds going for phonics class..I think if you want to start, can start around 3 or 4..

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Postby Mrs Ang » Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:51 pm

jasmineong wrote:
Mrs Ang wrote:What is the minimum age we can enrol our child for phonics class?


I know of 3 year olds going for phonics class..I think if you want to start, can start around 3 or 4..

Thanks so 2 more years for my DH :oops:

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Postby 24hr-mum » Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:53 pm

the reason i hv been hesitating is becos i hv taught all my 3 kids includg #3 who is 3yo to sight read by flashcards, glenn doman style.

so they all can read pretty well.
but i think the phonemic awareness may be lackg for my boy or my girl a little bit as it shows in their spelling or readg unfamiliar words and my girl sch test her on phoniics for assessments and exams.

phonics class is expensive n ev lesson learn just a little bit. like very slow like that. that is why i m hesitatg. maybe can teach at hm wf phonics bk. but this kiasuism in me makes me wonder if i m right cos it seems the so many pple go phonics

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Postby jasmineong » Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:54 pm

Mrs Ang wrote:Thanks so 2 more years for my DH :oops:


For you DH? Haha..is you DH going for class or is it he has to fetch your child? :wink: How old is your child anyway?

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Postby Mrs Ang » Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:57 pm

jasmineong wrote:
Mrs Ang wrote:Thanks so 2 more years for my DH :oops:


For you DH? Haha..is you DH going for class or is it he has to fetch your child? :wink: How old is your child anyway?

Oops....typo mistake should be DD :wink:
My DD is 57 weeks old

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Postby jasmineong » Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:59 pm

24hr-mum wrote:the reason i hv been hesitating is becos i hv taught all my 3 kids includg #3 who is 3yo to sight read by flashcards, glenn doman style.

so they all can read pretty well.
but i think the phonemic awareness may be lackg for my boy or my girl a little bit as it shows in their spelling or readg unfamiliar words and my girl sch test her on phoniics for assessments and exams.

phonics class is expensive n ev lesson learn just a little bit. like very slow like that. that is why i m hesitatg. maybe can teach at hm wf phonics bk. but this kiasuism in me makes me wonder if i m right cos it seems the so many pple go phonics


I think if you have been teaching at home using the flashcards method, it should be quite ok. For reading of unfamiliar words, can teach them how to break it up phonetically? Anyway for phonics class, not all teachers are good..I have a friend who went to quite a number but they did not seem to work with her girl...

For spelling, TAS has this method where they use rhythms and they break it up into chunks that kind of help the child to remember..eg: trembled..will become 'trem' 'bled', they explain that it is not pronounced this way but to remember the spelling, they can break it up in this way..you can ask them about it and also their spelling bee, it can help in this area I feel.

If you have the time and patience, then actually you can continue teaching from home lah..save money also :wink:

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