First Graders Phonics Tips for Parents

Tips for Parents to Understand Phonics for First Graders

Unfortunately English doesn’t sound like it is spelt. This is where understanding a few phonic rules make the relationship between words and sounds a little easier to understand. Phonic instruction usually starts in kindergarten and increases in Grade 1 where there is more vocabulary to learn. Some phonic sounds and rules are more difficult to learn.

One way to really help your early reader is to have them sound out words and read out loud as much as possible. Kids needs a lot of practice blending sounds to create words and breaking down words into sounds.

Here are some of the phonic rules to know while your child learns to read.

Tips for Parents to Understand Phonics for First GradersConsonant-vowel-Consonant: You will have noticed most first grade readers have a range of 3 letter words. These are known as CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words. If you have read any Dr. Seuss his books are full of them. Examples are hat, cat, and dot. Have your child sound out the sounds slowly.

Short vowels: When there is a single vowel in a short word or syllable, the vowel usually makes a short sound. Short vowels usually appear at the beginning of the word or between two consonants. Examples of short vowels are found in the words: cat, dig, bus.

Long vowel: When a short word or syllable ends with a vowel/consonant /e combination, the vowel is usually long and the “e” at the end of the word is silent (but not all the time). Examples of vowel/consonant/e combinations are: bake, side, role.

Another long vowel rule: when a word or syllable has a single vowel and it appears at the end of the word or syllable, the vowel usually makes the long sound. Examples are: no, she.

Consonant blends: When two or three consonants are blended together, each consonant sound should be heard in the blend. Some examples of consonant blends are: black, grab, stop.

Vowel diphthongs: The term “vowel diphthong” refers to the blending of two vowels sounds – both vowel sounds are usually heard and they make a gliding sound. Examples include: moon, soon, mouth.

Knowing phonic rules really helps reading. You’ll be able to help your child and understand what your child’s teacher it talking about.

So challenge your child to figure out new words, but supply the word before he becomes frustrated. After your child has read a story, reread it aloud so they can enjoy it . Set aside a specific time for reading a story. This kind of special “together time” can go a long way toward getting your child interested in books.

Children Learning Reading is a fun, educational reading program that teaches phonics and phonic awareness improving spelling and reading comprehension in beginner readers at home.


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