Whether you’re homeschooling your child or just helping with homework, knowing about phonics is important for helping your child to read, especially as you need to go right back to the basic building blocks of language. Once your child has the hang of phonics, they will find it much easier to deal with new, more difficult words, even whilst they are reading alone.
Much like learning anything, it’s always best to start with the basics. For phonics that means starting with the most common and easiest sounds; s, a, t, i, p, n. Once your child is getting the hang of it, you can move on to other sounds including digraphs, two letters that make one sound such as ‘ch’ and ‘ng’. Phonics can be hard to explain without visual aids so you could try making flash cards or downloading free ones from the internet, there is lots of inspiration on Pinterest. You can make it fun with letter games too so your child doesn’t lose interest.
One of the most important things you can do is spend plenty of time reading with your children and discussing different sounds. You might find yourself reading the same book over and over again but it’s all part of the learning process. Finally, don’t be worried about seeking help; speak to your child’s teacher or seek out support online from blogs and forum, it’s invaluable for advice and guidance.