UptoSix Phonics!

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

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Why Phonics?

A solid foundation in reading and writing is essential to a child’s academic success.

Whatever a child wants to learn, whether maths or science, history or art, reading and writing skills are fundamental requirements. Synthetic phonics is the most effective method for teaching children to read and spell. 

What is Phonics? 

In simple words, phonics is a method for teaching children to read and spell. Children are taught the letter sounds, not the letter names in this approach.

 

All words are composed of sounds.

 

The word ‘sun’ has three sounds: /s/, /u/, and /n/.

The word ‘bee’ is made up of two sounds: /b/ and /ee/.

The sounds /s/, /n/, /ai/, and /l/ make up the word ‘snail.’

‘cake’ is consist of 3 sounds /c/, /a_e/ and /k/ and so on.

 

There are 44 sounds in the English language.

 

These sounds are known as phonemes.

 

A grapheme is the written representation of a phoneme.

 

 

Children learn to read by blending the sounds of a word and spell by segmenting a word into the individual sounds. 

 

So, phonics is a way of teaching children to read by teaching them the sounds of the letters.

Why UptoSix Phonics? 

UptoSix Phonics App is a comprehensive synthetic phonics app. This app is

  • Handcrafted by experienced teachers

  • Fun, engaging

  • Concepts are taught with lots of stories and games 

  • A simple way to teach children to read and spell

  • Step-by-step guidance for parents

  • No prior knowledge of phonics is required

  • Easy to follow

  • Unlimited practice opportunities

  • More than 450 words for reading and spelling practice

  • Not expensive. No subscription, one-time purchase

How Phonics Works

Sound Introduction

In Phonics, Sounds are not taught in alphabetical order.

In The UptoSix Phonics App:

Sounds are divided into four sets. In each Set, there are six sounds.

24 single sounds because the letters ‘c’ and  ‘k’ make the same sound, and the letter ’q’  will be taught as digraph ‘qu’ in the UptoSix Phonics Plus app (advanced Level). 

 

In which order sounds should be introduced is not very important. It is important that children should learn the sounds properly. When sounds are introduced in this order, children learn to read quickly because, with the first set of sounds, a large number of words become available for reading practice. 

 

Visually similar letters like ‘b’ and ‘d’: ‘t’ and ‘f’ or ‘p’ and ‘q’ are not introduced together. 

In each set, one or two vowel sounds are introduced to make more and more words available for blending and segmenting practice.

Commonly used sounds are introduced first, and less frequent sounds are introduced later

 

 

Each sound is introduced with an animated fun story. There are 24 such fun stories.

When teaching children letter sounds, it is absolutely essential to say the sounds accurately. That’s /nnn/, not /n-uh/. Or /p/ not /p-uh/. It is /m/ not /m-uh/.

Children can carefully listen to the sounds and try to imitate them while playing with the app. Pressing the info icon will bring up a note about mouth gestures and mouth movements.

Concept Reinforcement

After each sound is introduced with story, there are many games children play fpr concept reinforcement. Games help children to remember the sounds taught.

Checking for Understanding

At every step, a child’s learning should be evaluated. Parents and teachers can assess a child’s learning in a fun way with the help of these games.  

Letter Formation

Children must learn how to write a letter that corresponds to a sound. An animation shows how to write a letter with correct formation. Children try writing on the red letter.

Check the UptoSix Letter Formation App  

 

Games

There are multiple games in each Set that prepare children for blending and segmenting skills. 

Beginning and Ending Sound Games

Beginning and Ending sound games develop listening skills. These games prepare children for segmenting or spelling. Children need to identify the sound that the word begins or ends with. 

Bubble Pop Games

Bubble pop games help to establish letter-sound correspondance. 

 

Letter Matching Games

Capital and small letter matching games help children understand that capital letters also make the same sound as small letters. 

Blending and Segmenting

 

Children learn to read by blending the individual sounds of a word. Like the sounds /s/-/a/-/t/ are blended to read ‘sat’. To spell, children learn to segment a word into the individual sound. Like ‘sat’ is broken to /s/-/a/-/t/ to spell. Blending and segmenting are just opposite of each other.

Blending

Segmenting

Blending

 

In Phonics, blending is the skill used for reading. Children learn to join the sounds of a word to read. To blend sounds successfully, children should be fluent with the letter sounds. Once children master the skill of blending, they will be confident to read longer words like ‘grandad’dentist’ or ‘hippopotamus’. The UptoSix Phonics App provides endless practice opportunities.

Segmenting

Segmenting is just the opposite of blending. This skill is used for spelling. Children learn to identify individual sounds in words and write the letters associated with those sounds to spell. Similar to blending,  segmenting requires practice to master. The advantage of using the UptoSix  Phonics App is that it gives endless practice opportunities. There are more than 450 words for blending and segmenting practice In the UptoSix Phonics App.

Reading Phrases

As children master the skill of blending, they progress from reading words to phrases.

There are 60 phrases for reading practice.

UptoSix Phonics Level 2

Learning the single letter sounds is not enough. Digraphs like <ai> in train,  or <oa> as in boat, Tricky words like ‘the’, ‘we’, ‘here’, ‘because’ etc. that cannot be sounded out or Magic e like in ‘cake’ and as in ‘time’ or as in ‘cube’; Alternating Spellings of sounds and many more concepts will be covered in the UptoSix Phonics Level 2 app. Without learning these concepts, Synthetic Phonics lessons will be incomplete. It will be like giving children half strategies to crack the alphabetic code. 

Happy Learnings!