Phonics for Toddlers

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Phonics for Toddlers

Postby dardar63 » Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:58 am

Hi,
My girl is 18mths and I'm looking for a good school to teach her phonics and good pronunciation as she is learning to speak. Looking at twice a week or once a week lessons and preferably in the East. Was suppose to go to Zoophonics but they changed the timing of their lessons and it's not good timing for us now.

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Postby dimsum » Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:50 am

JMO, at 18mths old, there's no need to send her to phonics enrichment class. She's learning how to talk now. So, you and other caregivers are the best teachers to stimulate her linguistics development. As for learning alphabets and simple phonics, I strongly recommend starfall.com (Free) and leapfrog letter factory. I think you will find them more effective and MUCH cheaper!

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Postby Charmaine_chong » Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:17 pm

Hi dar,

My baby girl (born jul08) knew 80% of her lettersounds. The magic is expose her to leapfrog DVD and read loads of abc books or cards + stories books by running your fingers while reading.

Just expose her leapfrog 5-10 min daily, if she does not like it, stop few days and try again. Remember to sound out together with your baby. This is what my helper do. :wink:

My helper helps me to read loads of books daily, play classical music, nursery rhymes and watch wink to learn english (flashing method) daily.

When i reach home, i read to her chinese and english but not daily.

I paste it on the wall, when we walk pass or on the road, she would point and tell me. We read words on the road.

There is still user call daddude at brillkids forum, he taught his son phonics when he was 22mths , prior than that he read as many books as possible everyday, let him watch your baby can read dvd, leapfrog.

The child must know lettersound well before blending. Then he started teaching words. He has posted his phonics cards on the website with pictures. You can just download and teach.

The child pick up thousands of words within 6 months. Reading very well at 3.

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Postby wildboys » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:22 pm

I recommend leapfrog phonics dvds and starfall too :)
My two children started reading simple words before 2.5 years old. My elder one can read well by 3 (as in blending to sound out new words), and my younger one (now 2y8m) can read simple books by himself with simple blending skills. No phonics class at all. I started reading to them at very young age (2-3 months old). I use a variety of methods with lots of personalisation, including flashcards (when younger), word games, and stories & songs (hardcopy or softcopy) which they greatly enjoyed. No phonics school can "personalise" these for any child. Because these are so relevant to them and about themselves and their interests, they are so keen to work with them and it was always fun and never a chore. First they pick up words that are of interest to them, then sight words (which make reading easier) and then initial sounds of the letters and then blending :) Hope this helps.

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Postby buds » Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:22 am

wildboys wrote: No phonics school can "personalise" these for any child.


Ehem.. i can. So, mebbe can dun blanket sweep all schools arh.. :cry:

Really depends on the educator you get.

Passionate ones really go all the way.

Sorry to butt in, but just my 2 cents.

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Postby wildboys » Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:53 am

wow! for every student? I salute you :) can pm me your school? So I can recommend to my frens who are looking for quality phonics school, thanks :)

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Postby buds » Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:22 am

Yes. For every student. No matter how many students the management
ALWAYS tried to squeeze in my class. I ALWAYS had more than the max.
More than the standard ratio. Sometimes i do feel it was more than what
i could handle. It wasn't easy nor was it fair to me or the students, but i
loved every minute of it. I looked forward to every single class i had to
teach.. i couldn't wait to see their awe struck faces and smiles at what i
brought to the table each week. And when i sensed all's silent over the
table and all eyes on me, sometimes i can see their jaws hanging open..
and it can be so quiet till i can even hear their heartbeats... i knew that
their attention was the display of their hunger to learn and that was all i
needed to keep giving more. The hugs i get at the end of the lessons,
the pride of the children who cannot wait to tell their parents what they've
done for the day, the faces of eager parents who enjoyed the extra touch
of also getting to know how to do it themselves, cos some parents like to
learn together as their children learnt too. I tell them this way they also
can work with their other children on their own : no need to enrol in
centre.. :wink:, geesh... i just really love doing what i do.

I have had the pleasure of being colleagues with the most motivated
group of teachers and staff... who also enjoy personalised teaching
like myself. After work while we packed up, we'd all chat about how
much fun we had during lessons that week. And we'd share the stuff
our children came up with.. we journal our thoughts for every individual
child and already thinking of what fun stuff we could do the following week.

Like i said, it really depends on the individual educator..

I'm went solo a long time woh and put my experience for children who
have exhausted all means of support from everywhere else.. children
whom other places have given up on.. it brings me great satisfaction
that i made a difference. And on the side when i had the time after i
resigned.. i volunteer-teach the needy and underprivileged. The funds
come from fellow volunteer friends and also the $ from the very special
children i managed to help. :wink:

For now, i have ceased catering to the masses... but i will be back out
there... :wink:

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Postby titank » Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:56 am

Hi Buds,

Are you a freelance phonics teacher? Conducting 1 to 1 or group class?

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Postby tamarind » Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:32 am

wildboys wrote:I recommend leapfrog phonics dvds and starfall too :)
My two children started reading simple words before 2.5 years old. My elder one can read well by 3 (as in blending to sound out new words), and my younger one (now 2y8m) can read simple books by himself with simple blending skills. No phonics class at all. I started reading to them at very young age (2-3 months old). I use a variety of methods with lots of personalisation, including flashcards (when younger), word games, and stories & songs (hardcopy or softcopy) which they greatly enjoyed.


Wow that is really very impressive ! Thanks so much for sharing. You have certainly proven that phonics can be taught at home, and the results can be far better than any enrichment classes :wink:

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Postby Charmaine_chong » Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:15 pm

Wildboy,

Great work!

Early stimulation by reading loads of books to young tots really help a lot.

May i know at what age that you start flashing and how long it last? And why do you stop flashing?

I started my eldest at age3 with flashing without result. It didn't work for him. I use wink to learn english and chinese for my younger one at age of 9 months. She is now 18months. I hardly tested her but over times, she would show me that she can recognise words.

Buds,

It will be great if you could move to east or centre. :idea:

I believe that you would be the next best teacher that i discovered.

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