How do you know what phonics skills your child is missing? It is important to know what the child hasn’t learned, so that they can be taught. If a child knows MOST of the phonics rules, they will struggle with reading. If they only know MOST of the rules, spelling will be very difficult. If a child can’t read and write, they will struggle with every other subject in school. When school gets to be that difficult, lots of problems can follow. I wanted to learn what my own children had missed in school, then I could teach them those skills.
There is an easy phonics skills test that will help solve the mystery of what learning a child missed. The words that the child reads are all made up. They use the same basic phonics skills, but the child must know the skill to read the words. An example would be the short vowel list. If the child can read dap, sab, mag, fas, then they understand the short a sound, if they miss one of those words, the child may need just a quick review, if they miss two or more, reteach.
If you are able to determine what skills a child is missing, and then teach them, miracles happen. This happened in my own family. I had a child that missed a lot of phonics skills, I worked with her teacher to discover which rules needed to be taught, and then we taught those skills. That year in school my child progressed two years worth of knowledge. My child increased in skills and that make the confidence and fun grow too. It was a lot less work than I thought it would be. I wasn’t teaching ALL of phonics, only the skills that my child needed.
When I was working with my child I did everything I could think of to make it fun. The materials needed to teach those missing skills are all on this website. You can easily download every book, worksheet and game to teach your child. It can be a wonderful and fun time for both of you. Remember to always make it fun to learn because when they’re laughing, they’re learnings, so always Teach With Giggles. Written by Raeann Hansen 2019