- LETTER SOUNDS
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Many teachers use the teaching of letter sounds to enhance their beginning reading instruction. Phonics is each individual sound that the letters of the alphabet make. These sounds of the alphabet are taught to young children to help them make the connection with the actual letter, as in what it looks like, to what each letter sounds like. In preparing children for reading, many teachers begin with teaching phonics in order to allow the children to become familiar with the letters that indeed make up words. There are many ways educators teach this vital concept; through reading books to the classroom or small groups of children, using picture cards that match the beginning sound of each letter, and with computer games that say the sound of each letter. Teachers also organize and facilitate classroom group activities on alphabet and sound recognition, help the children complete worksheets, coloring sheets, and more. There is a multitude of effective ways to introduce the sounds of the letters to the young students, and the majority of these was are fun and engaging!
Teaching alphabet phonics is the beginning step in educating children to read and write. Immersing the young students, usually ages three to five, in alphabet phonics allows for a strong foundation to be built, and makes the transition to the actual reading of words easier. This specific area of language arts instruction is taught in many ways; using alphabet letters and pictures that have the beginning sound of that letter, matching games, computer games where students can hear the sounds of the alphabet, reading books to the children and pointing out key sounds, small-group instruction, and whole-class activities, such as worksheets. Children welcome alphabet phonics as they are excited to learn how to write their name and read simple words.
Teaching children how to read is always fun for the teacher and the young children. The teaching of ABC phonics is a popular method of many teachers to assist the students in learning the letters and the sounds they make. When children learn the individual letters and their isolated sounds, they are one more step to becoming successful readers. Teaching phonics is done not only with the children doing various activities to grasp the sounds of the letters, but is taught in conjunction with the reading of many types of books and doing a great deal of writing activities. All of these methods work together in creating a solid foundation for the future readers. The knowledge of ABC phonics is essential in learning basic reading skills, and it can be done in many ways to motivate the children to learn to read.