When it comes to learning to read phonetics play an essential role in enabling children to learn the correct pronunciation of words. Phonetics can also help with a child’s speech and develops their reading fluency.
Further, phonetics teaches pupils that the letter’s they see written on a page are part of a code which represents the sounds of spoken language and provides them with the tools to understand that code. It gives children the ability to understand how words are formed and how to break them down into individual sounds. Phonetics can also help develop a child’s general thinking skills.
Reading phonetically helps children to understand spelling patterns. Being able to understand and identify spelling patterns allows the child to be able to read multi-syllabic words easier. Teaching using phonetics will make children’s ability to spell stronger. Phonetics allow for the word to be broken down and therefore the child will pronounce the word correctly. Being able to break the word down is essential for good reading and spelling.
Children that learn phonetically will be able to spot the patterns right away. In addition to this, learning with phonetics means that the child will become familiar with syllable structure. Sounding out unfamiliar words is made easier. Having a phonetic awareness enables children to put sounds together to make syllables and therefore sound out unfamiliar words. It gives children the ability to recognise sounds and symbols. Children will be able to associate letter symbols with their appropriate sound, even when letters can make more than one sound.