In this installment of the fundamental reading skills series, we’ll be focusing on phonics. Phonics is the relationship between a letter and its sound. For example, the letter “d” makes the /d/ sound when spoken out loud. Individual letter sounds, as well as some sounds resulting from combinations of letters such as “ch” and “sh,” are called phonemes
If you’ll recall from our last Reading Essentials post, there are five essential skills your child must learn in order to be proficient in reading. Over the coming weeks, we will be exploring each of these skills in-depth. In this first post, we’ll be discussing the first skill that your child must acquire—phonemic awareness—as well as tips and strategies you can use to support your child along the way to mastery of this skill.
When your child first learns to read, it may seem like magic, but there’s actually a science to the process of reading acquisition. Knowing about the fundamentals of reading instruction can help you support your child as he or she begins the journey to becoming a reading superstar!
Typically when we think of the skills required for reading, phonics, phonemes, and blending come to mind. While these specific elements of reading are no doubt important, an even more basic skill is often overlooked—memory! Research has linked working memory to reading comprehension, meaning that the stronger your child’s memory, the more equipped she will be to read fluently and understand what she reads!
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A new year is upon us, and with it a flurry of activity for Red Apple Reading! In addition to working on a whole new level to be released soon, we have partnered with LivingSocial to offer a special promotion for parents. This includes online access to videos and games that teach the alphabet, beginning phonics, and sight words, as well as a printable workbook, flash cards, downloadable videos that can be saved and viewed on any computer or tablet, and more!
We at Red Apple Reading wish you and your family a happy holiday season. We are enjoying the magic of the season and special time with our families, but will resume our blog posts in January. Thank you for your readership!
Remember clapping syllables as a kid? Did you ever wonder why your teacher had you do it? It turns out that having knowledge of syllables is yet another way for young readers to figure out new words.
Educators have long debated whether phonics-based or whole language-based instruction leads to the most effective reading instruction.
More sample lessons and easier navigation increase educational program’s offerings, allowing a sneak-peek into fun reading activities for children.