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Classroom: Phonics for Parents

Phonics for Parents is a simple Phonics instructional guide for parents. This is intended towards the parents to help them build a good reading platform for kids at home. The use of these resources is strictly for personal use. If you intend/plan to use it for commercial purposes, please send me an email –
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Phonics for Parents Introduction :

The Phonics for Parents classroom project is designed to help parents build a good reading platform at home.
Phonics is how to sound the composition of a word. When you learn music, you learn the notes to sing a song, similarly when you are learning to read, knowledge of phonics helps spell/sound the words. Traditionally, many of us have learnt through a look-say method of reading which primarily relies on memorization concept. With Phonics, 85% of the English language can be broken down into simple set of rules, with 15% of the words still falling into the exceptions and have to be learnt through the memorization method - but the good news is this is constant list.
When introducing reading to children, its important to balance reading and Phonics together to set a good reading platform.
Its essential to begin reading very early and “Read to Learn”, and slowly introduce basic phonics concepts, gradually advancing the information. The more you read the more phonics concepts will be reinforced and will come alive.
This goals of this classroom project:

  • Create a Structured/Step by Step Approach to Learn Phonics for Parents
  • Make simplified and efficient resources for time-crunched parents – Snapshots and simplified explanations and parents can find this a one stop shop for all their Phonics queries
  • Create a free integrated package for each session – simple Instructional video and integrated printables and resources package for parents to use.

Phonics for Parents Classroom Project Index

Step-by-Step Simplified Instructional Resources and Videos for each session. Recommended Age:

  • For children upto 4 years old – Only Focus on Sessions 1 and 2.
  • For Children 4 years and above – introduce Session 3
  • For Children 5 years and above – gradually introduce Sessions 4 and above

Session 1: Letters and Sounds, Consonants and Vowels

Learn the Phonics basics in this session. The 26 letters in the English alphabet and their sounds. Also learn more about consonants and Vowels. Vowels are the power letters which make the principal sound for each syllable and are letters “a”, “e’, “i”, “o” and “u”. Other than these 5 letters, all other letters are consonants. Please refer to the charts, videos and resources below to learn all about this session.

Session 1 in a Snapsot

Session 1 Video

Session 1: Printable Resources

Phonics Basics Reference Guide – Download the Phonics Basics Reference Guide/Handbook.
This includes a Concepts chart on Phonics Basics – Letters and Sounds, Consonants and Vowels. The Reference handbook also has a letter guide for all the 26 letters in the alphabet.
Basic Concepts and Phonics Handbook for Parents - Download Document

Activities Guide – Part 1:

Consonants and Vowels Activity Guide - Download Document

Consonants and Vowels This is an activity package for children to differentiate between Consonants and Vowels. It includes a chart and 4 activities for the kids. There are 4 activities in this package

Activity 1 - Fish tank - is color coded to distinguish between vowels and consonants

Activity 2 - Colored Apples - is color coded to distinguish between vowels and consonants and additional information - Letter Y can be consonant or vowel

Activity 3 - Blocks Tower - no color coding clues to sort vowels and consonants

Activity 4 - Icecream scoops - associating it to ice cream cup and V shaped cone ... its sticky memory, and also introducing lower case sorting for vowels and consonants. *** When working with the kids, please follow the order in which the activities are listed.