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UptoSix Phonics!

Comprehensive Phonics Apps for kids, handcrafted by experienced teachers to lay a solid foundation in reading and spelling. 

UptoSix Phonics Level 2… Coming Soon!

UptoSix Phonics program is divided into two parts. UptoSix Phonics -Level 1 or the Foundation Level and Uptosix Phonics -Level 2 or the Advanced Level. 

 The Uptosix Phonics Level 1 app is suitable for children aged 3 years and above, In this level, children learn:

 

  • 24 single sounds 

  • to write the letters with the correct formation 

  • letter-sound correspondence

  • listening skills

  • blending for reading

  • segmenting for spelling

  • Reading simple phrases

Advanced Level

Synthetic phonics lessons will be incomplete without the knowledge of the digraphs, tricky words, magic e and alternative spellings etc. 

Teaching only the 24 single sounds will be similar to giving students half-strategies for solving a puzzle.  

 

UptoSix Phonics Level 2  app covers all the above-mentioned concepts.  

Digraphs

A digraph is one sound represented by two letters. 

 Like, 

 <ai> as in rain

<ee> as in bee

<ie> as in pie

<oa> as in boat

<ch> as in chain

<sh> as in sheep

< ou> as in cloud

<oi> as in coin and so on. 

 

Now when children see <ai> in a word, they don’t say /a/ and /i/ separately, they learn together <ai> to make a new sound, that is /ai/ . As in rain, pain, and snail.  

 

Blending words with digraphs is the same as blending with single sounds.

Consonant Blends

When two consonants come adjacent to each other at the beginning of a word, it might be challenging for children to blend and read. When children understand that these two consonants must be said together, reading becomes much easier.  A consonant blend is when two or more consonants, placed next to each other, are blended, but each sound is heard in the blend. Consonant blends are found at the beginning or end of a word. Children read as  /tr-ai-n/ instead of /t-r-ai-n/, or /sn-ai-l/, instead of /s-n-ai-l/ and /str-ee-t/ instead of /s-t-r-ee-t/, it becomes easier for them to hear the words.

 

Tricky Words

‘Tricky’ words are ones that cannot be sounded out. The sounds of the word ‘the’ /t-h-e/ cannot be blended. It Will does not make any sense. They are words that must be recognized by sight. 

 

In the UptoSix Phonics-II app, Tricky words are taught. Not only children should be able to read them, but they should also learn how to write and spell them correctly. 

Alternative spellings of sounds

In the English Language, there are many ways of saying the same sound. 

‹ai›: as in rain, hail and snail

‹a_e›: ai as in cake, bake and plate. 

‹ay›: ai as in day, hay and play

‹a›: ai as in acorn, baby, table,

‹ei›: ai as in, vein and veil, reindeer

‹ey›: ai as in they, grey and obey, 

‹eigh›: ai as in eight, neigh and sleigh

‹et›: ai as in ballet, sorbet and buffet

‹ea›: ai as in great, break 

‹aigh›: ai as in straight 



So far Children have learned single letter sounds and digraphs. Some sounds have more than one way of being written: these are known as alternative spellings. 

Magic e/ hop over e/ split digraphs

The sounds of the vowels a, e, i, o, u are called short vowel sounds.   

Digraphs ai, ee, ie, oa, ue make long vowel sounds. 

Magic e,  makes a short vowel sound long. Magic e generally sits at the end of the word and put magic on the vowel which is one consonant away from magic e. The consonant forgets its sound and says its name. 

Magic e becomes silent after performing the magic.  

As in 

mad made

Kit kite

Cub- cube

 

In magic e words, There is another letter, a consonant, in between the two vowels.

That is why these words are referred to as words with split digraphs.

The students must learn that these words can be blended in the same way as other words.

 

Conclusion

Synthetic-phonics instruction teaches children how to decode and encode words.

Starting with the basics, this strong foundation instils confidence in children and allows them to read and write thousands of words.

Children gradually go from reading words to phrases, then sentences, and finally reading books.

 

Spelling is much more complex than reading because there are many ways of writing the same sound.  The same sound can be represented in different ways: 

 /oa/ is represented in all these ways: oa, ow, oe, o-e:

/ie/ can be represented in many ways. ie, igh, i-e, y

 

Reading involves more than just word decoding. It is also important to comprehend the meaning.

Comprehension abilities can be developed by speaking, listening, and reading.

 

Children should be encouraged to read a range of books in order to increase their comprehension skills and vocabulary.

Happy Learnings!