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Why Phonics?

Phonics is essential for a child’s literacy development. The ability to connect letter symbols to their sounds is the foundation for learning to read and spell. Children must learn that each letter has a sound and each word is composed of sounds. This is known as phonemic awareness.

With this knowledge, they will be able to decode words to read. When they read the word ‘cat’, they will notice that it is made up of the sounds /c/-/a/-/t/, and they blend those sounds, they get the word ‘cat’.

Before your child can read the word cat, he or she must first learn and recognise that letter ‘c’ makes the sound /c/, the letter ‘a’ makes the sound /a/, and the letter ‘t’  makes the sound /t/. This is referred to as letter-sound correspondence.

For writing, a child will first need to be able to hear that ‘cat’ is made up of three sounds and know what each sound symbol looks like and how to write it. It is quite complex. For example, they recognize that the word ‘cat’ has three sounds, /c/, /a/ and /t/. But they need to remember the symbol for these sounds and how to write them. This is not so simple.

That is why your child must be immersed in phonics activities from a very early age. Furthermore, studies have shown that early exposure to and teaching phonics significantly impacts a child’s reading ability. This, in turn, has an impact on their writing ability. 

So get your child involved in phonics activities. It will help build a solid foundation in reading and writing skills. 

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What is Phonics?

In simple words, phonics is a method for teaching children to read and spell.

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.

 

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.

 

How the UptoSix Phonics program Works

24 Single sounds are taught in the UptoSix Phonics App!

Each sound is introduced with an animated fun story.

Sounds are not introduced in alphabetical order. When teaching children letter sounds, it is essential to say the sounds accurately. That’s /nnn/, not /n-uh/. Or /p/ not /p-uh/. It is /m/ not /m-uh/.

Games for concept reinforcement and checking for understanding

Concept reinforcement

Checking for understanding

Letters are the written representation of sounds. Children must learn how to write a letter that corresponds to a sound with proper formation. An animation shows how to write a letter. Children try writing on their own on the red letter given. 

 

 

Games

There are multiple games in each Set that prepare children for reading and writing.

Pre-Reading and Spelling games

Identifing the beginning and ending sound of a word games develop listening skills. These games prepare children for blending and segmenting skills.

Bubble Pop Games

Bubble pop games help to establish letter-sound correspondence. 

 

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

Blending is the skill used for reading. Children learn to join the sounds of a word to read. Once children master the skill of blending, they will be able to read longer words like ‘grandad’dentist’ or ‘hippopotamus’.

Segmenting

Segmenting is just the opposite of blending. This skill is used for spelling. Children learn to identify individual sounds in words to spell. Blending and segmenting requires lot of practice to master the skills. The advantage of using the UptoSix  Phonics App is that it gives endless practice opportunities.

Reading

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

There are 60 phrases for reading practice.

Why UptoSix Phonics?

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

    • Based on a scientific research-based curriculum
    • Handcrafted by experienced teachers
    • Fun, engaging, and easy to follow for parents and teachers
    • No prior phonics knowledge is required
    • A simple way to teach children to read and spell which works
    • Step-by-step guidance for parents
    • Unlimited practice opportunities to master the skills

     

     

UptoSix Phonics Plus... Coming Soon

Synthetic Phonics lessons will be incomplete unless students learn concepts such as Digraphs, Tricky Words, Magic ‘e’, and Alternate Spellings. Teaching children only the letter sounds from a to z is similar to teaching them half-strategies for cracking the alphabetic code. The Uptosix Phonics Plus App will cover all advanced phonics concepts.

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