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phonics [Jun. 29th, 2008|02:00 pm]
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could anyone recommend any books about phonics? my little boy is 3 and i have been teaching him alphabet as in A-ah B-buh C-cuh, eh is for elephant etc and its just come to my attention that this isnt what they do in schools anymore is it? i dont want to teach him he way i learned and then him get to school and be confused? anyone shed any light on this situation?

[User Picture]From: conphie
2008-06-29 08:40 pm (UTC)
no, they don't teach ahh buhh cuhh any more. They do teach Jolly Phonics but alongside the new Letters and Sounds which focusses on PURE letter sounds to enable children to sound out their words when they come to blend them together.

There are letters and sounds books available which will make this clearer if you really want to introduce it to your child. Its worth learning how to do the pure sounds as it makes SUCH a difference!!!!
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[User Picture]From: seren
2008-06-29 08:51 pm (UTC)
Well this is why I haven't made a specific effort to teach her before she starts school.. they seem to change it so often and I know it would be harder for her to 'unlearn' things than to learn them scratch.

Can you recommend a particular book?

What do they call letters now then? Is an A an A again?
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[User Picture]From: conphie
2008-06-29 09:10 pm (UTC)
I cant detect whether or not that is sarcasm???

A is always called A and has never changed to my knowledge. Its all about the sounds the letters make and the Letters and Sounds government initiative makes total sense as we've talked about before because it makes learning to read so much easier.

So "Ay" is the name of the letter and "a" is the sound (as opposed to ahhh") "Cee" is the name of the letter and "c" is the sound (as opposed to cuh) etc etc

This is a really useful page for making it clearer than I can
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[User Picture]From: seren
2008-06-29 09:16 pm (UTC)
No, no sarcasm, I'm genuinely interested. The Jolly Phonics link suggests that they teach the sounds rather than the letter names at first, but I wondered if they have changed this again. Will read the link now, thanks.
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[User Picture]From: seren
2008-06-29 09:08 pm (UTC)
Just found this on the Jolly Phonics site :

"Children should learn each letter by its sound, not its name. For instance, the letter a should be called a (as in ant) not ai (as in aim). Similarly, the letter n should be nn (as in net), not en. This will help in blending. The names of each letter can follow later."

I don't understand. Does this mean that the letter is called a "luh" and not an "el" but that it says "l" without the "uh"? Does that make sense?!
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[User Picture]From: conphie
2008-06-29 09:11 pm (UTC)
No, the letter is still called "el" but the sound is "l- without the uh"
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[User Picture]From: beckwah
2008-06-30 08:32 am (UTC)
I've found a really good website that might help
might be worth a look as it not only has the sounds etc but also books you can buy
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[User Picture]From: seren
2008-06-30 08:56 am (UTC)
Thanks, what a great site! It turns out that what little I have taught her has been correct, there are just a couple of sounds that I've not been doing quite right.
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[User Picture]From: plasticbambi
2008-07-07 09:49 am (UTC)
oh its all very confusing!
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