Phonics for parents
What can you do to help at home?
- For a younger reader, help your child learn the letters and sounds of the alphabet.
- Listen to your child read, little and often.
- Provide a quiet, distraction free environment.
- Share favourite books.
- Let them see you read.
- Talk about the importance of phonics to reading.
- Read at different times of the day.
- Join the library.
- Encourage reading in the environment eg. road signs
Activities to try at home.
- Eye spy with phonemes as well as letter names.
- Make up stories together – increase your child’s vocabulary.
- Treasure hunt/scavenger hunt for things beginning with (containing or ending with) different phonemes.
- Make up silly rhymes.
- Write letters and notes to members of the family – encourage your child to use what they know about letters and sounds.
- Help your child to count syllables in words.