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Phonics Teaching Tips

Learning phonics means learning which letters (or combinations of letters) make which sounds. One of the best ways to learn phonics is through stories—humans have a natural interest in even simple stories, and kids will want to know what happens to the characters next.


Bob Books phonics readers start with a limited number of letters. You can make a lot of words with only a few letters! At early levels, stories are made only of words that kids can sound out, introducing new letters and sounds as they progress. Sounding out unfamiliar words is a vital skill in reading.


Take time to focus on individual sounds. Kids need to practice distinguishing sounds and matching them with letters. Picking out every individual sound in a word is a skill that requires training. Everyone needs to know the alphabet, but the sound the letter makes is at least as important, if not more important than the letter name.


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