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All About Teaching and Learning Phonics

Postby tamarind » Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:19 pm

For parents who are keen to teach their kids phonics at home, check out my new blog.


http://tamarindphonics.blogspot.com/200 ... onics.html


I have included phonics materials which I used to teach my son, as well as detailed description of the method I used. The method is suitable for kids who cannot sit still, and have very short attention span.

My boy, now 3 years 11 months, is able to read a page of about 100 words on his own. I only started teaching him at the beginning of this year, for about 8 months only. I spend about 15 minutes everyday teaching him.

There is really no need to send your kids to expensive classes to learn to read. You can do it at home easily.

Even if you do send your kid to class, they will still tell you that you must practice with the child at home everyday.

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Postby 2bbtang » Sun Aug 24, 2008 10:55 pm

Hi Tamarind!

Thanks! This is indeed very really very useful!
Currently, I'm using the Starfall.com. So far, my little girl is enjoying it.

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Re: Anyone keen to teach their kids phonics at home ?

Postby ChiefKiasu » Sun Aug 24, 2008 10:55 pm

tamarind wrote:For parents who are keen to teach their kids phonics at home, check out my new blog.

http://tamarindphonics.blogspot.com/200 ... onics.html

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Tamarind, great article! And that reminds me... I was supposed to coordinate and create a section for model KiasuParents who have blogs and would like to share their "teachings" with the rest of us aspiring KiasuParents. OK... I'll get to work on it now.

In the meantime, if you are a parent and you want to post links to your blogs on KiasuParents.com, please PM me with your request and the links.

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Postby tamarind » Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:15 am

2bbtang,
I am glad that you find this blog useful :)

ChiefKiasu,
OK will PM you my blogs.

I will be adding more materials to my phonics blog. It will contain all the child needs to learn to read :)

http://tamarindphonics.blogspot.com/200 ... onics.html

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Postby tamarind » Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:21 am

Just added the silent e page.

http://tamarindphonics.blogspot.com/200 ... ent-e.html

The materials are almost complete. I may be adding more phonograms later.

But with the materials already posted, a child will be able to master phonics through consistent practice at home :D

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Postby tamarind » Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:44 am

Even after a child knows phonics very well, he/she may not be able to read fluently. That is because there are many sight words which are not phonetic. It is very important to start the child on a graded reader. The best reader I have come across is the Ladybird keyword series.

I have added a new webpage in which I share my experience teaching my kids to read using the Ladybird keyword series.

http://tamarindphonics.blogspot.com/200 ... ybird.html

It is possible for a child to complete book 12 by 5 years old. By then the child will be able to read any book, like books by Roald Dahl, E. B. White, etc :D

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Postby tamarind » Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:50 pm

Dear all,
Please read the following article. It was published in the Straits Times in Feb 2009.

http://www.asiaone.com/News/Education/S ... 20517.html

MYTH: 'Buying my child plenty of books will get him into the habit of reading.'

REALITY: There is no replacement for spending quality time with your child in front of a book. You must read to - and with - your child.
Related link:
» 8 things you can do to help your child sail though school
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Education/S ... 20495.html

FOR years now, there has been disagreement on what is the best way to teach children to read. It is one of the most hotly contested areas of education, dubbed by some as The Reading Wars.

At issue are two dramatically different teaching methods. First is the older way, termed phonics. It teaches children to sound out letters so that they can make words. For example, using the letters 'p' and 'h' together make the sound of the letter 'f', as in the word 'graph'.

This approach has been criticised for being a skill and drill method - uninspiring and perhaps even turning children off reading.

Those who support it say it provides a solid learning foundation and helps children develop decoding skills which can be applied to new and unfamiliar words.

Second is the whole-language approach where children read books for the story and construct meaning from what they read.

Proponents of this approach believe that children are readers and writers from the start. It is based on the premise that learning to read is as natural as learning to talk.

But this method, too, has its critics who say its approach of skipping unfamiliar words runs the risk of not learning vital words in the early stages of reading.



According to the article above, phonics is the "older way" of learning to read !

Parents must understand that while phonics will help a child to read, a child who has completed the full course of phonics, will still not be able to read fluently. This is because there are many sight words in English that are not phonetic. For example, the letter "c" is actually more often pronounced as "s" as in "certainly". It is very important for children to read widely in order to learn.

In my phonics blog, both methods are equally important.

How to teach phonics
http://tamarindphonics.blogspot.com/200 ... onics.html

Reading using the Ladybird series of books
http://tamarindphonics.blogspot.com/200 ... ybird.html

Personally I feel that there is no need to spend lots of money sending your child to phonics classes, or even spending money to buy phonics materials.

Any adult who can read in English, can understand phonics in less than a day. You can learn for free from this excellent website.

http://www.starfall.com/

The following 2 steps are all you need to know about phonics.
1. ABCs
2. Learn to Read

The Leapfrog Letter Factory and Talking Words Factory (available from amazon.com) are excellent for kids, as well as adults who want to understand what is phonics. Children need lots of practice to learn. You can use the free materials in my blog.

I created my blogs, so that parents who want to teach their kids phonics at home, know how to start, and know what can be achieved. Parents should try to find the best method that suit their kids.

I also want other parents who have limited financial resources, like me, to know that our kids can learn to read very well at home. During the past 2 years, we went from a double income family, to a single income family, and at one point, we have no income at all. I single handedly taught my boy to read, and now at 4 years 6 months old, he can read pages like this on his own.

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Not being able to send our kids to expensive enrichment classes, does not mean that our kids are deprived. Mommies can be the best teachers for our kids !

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Postby clarabella » Sat Mar 07, 2009 8:11 pm

Hi tamarind
Wow, your boy can certainly read very well - that's Book 9a right? He's not even five yet, very impressive!!!
We love the Leapfrog series, but I remember that when we first watched the Leapfrog Letter Factory, my kids were confused at the sounds 'r', 'l' and some other letter sounds which I can't recall right now; they were not pronounced accurately in the DVD. But my copies were purchased a few years ago, so hopefully the errors have been rectified since then. Otherwise, yeah, these DVDs are really fun ways of introducing letter sounds to young children!

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Postby tamarind » Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:00 pm

clarabella,
Yes that is book 9a :D He started from book 1a about 1 year ago, he reads one page only everyday. Reading consistently really helps !

Yes I have heard people complained about the "L" sound in the video. But if we compare with www.starfall.com, which is not related to leapfrog, the sounds are the same.

http://www.starfall.com/n/level-k/letter-l/load.htm?f

I think in the video it is not clear that the tongue should be curled for the "L" sound. It sounds clearer in www.starfall.com.

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Postby clarabella » Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:14 pm

Hi hi tamarind
Wow, a page every day for a year.... that is really amazing! Can I ask how you motivate him huh?
Thank you for mentioning starfall.com. It looks very interesting and best of all, it's free hehehehe.

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