Phonics Programs

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July 27, 2013

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There are many phonics-teaching techniques that have been developed over the years to aid parents and school teachers.  Remember that no matter which program or techniques you choose to use, patience is the most important toolfor both you and the child you are trying to teach.  With a good attitude and lots of practice, these techniques can result in an exciting new learning experience for your child.

  • Model your program after the child’s interests. Children are more inclined to learn if their interests are included.  If they enjoy learning about different types of animals, include these words as your examples.
  • Short vowel sounds take more training than long vowel sounds. Because long vowel sounds simply make the sound of the letter, you will have to focus more on the short vowels like “u” in “duck” and “e” in “hen”.  Visual displays are a good way of getting this information across, http://www.directstartv.com/, so either construct or work with your child to make a wall display or poster that will serve as a friendly reminder. (more…)

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As soon as your kids are old enough to understand the concept of money, you should be teaching them the value of saving. This is something that will help them throughout their lives.

There are many ways to help kids appreciate the importance of saving. A weekly allowance can be a useful learning tool. If you simply buy everything for your child, he or she will not understand why it’s essential to have a budget. An allowance forces children (more…)

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Communicating with kids is an important part of being a role model. When communicating with children, it is best to remember to use simple language that can be understood by a child of their age-level. Many times, adults can become frustrated when talking to children about a challenging topic such as learning to read. For this reason, it is helpful to take advantage of the following tips for explaining difficult subjects to kids.

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April 3, 2012

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It always seems like technology and advancing a mile a minute. A lot of technological developments have been made in fields like entertainment, home security, transportation and even learning, but did you know that you can even get phonics learning apps for things like your smartphone and iPad? It’s true and they cover a wide range features including text-to-voice and even reading comprehension, but do they really help?

In a word, yes, and not just for people who are having trouble reading or understanding certain words, but for people who suffer from all forms of communication troubles. Those suffering from autism are able to use these programs to understand facial and emotional cues and communicate and convey their needs and wants accurately – all while avoiding all the frustration and confusion they might have had to deal with in the past. And those who might be having a little trouble with their reading and pronunciations can finally get the clarification they need.

And, of course, as technology continues to advance so too do the programs geared toward helping people with their phonics. It’s just another way technology is helping us give people the chances and the opportunities necessary to succeed in this fast paced world.

August 19, 2011

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If you are at your wits end trying to figure out how to get your kids to do chores, you aer not alone! Homes across the world struggle with chores day in and day out, as kids seem to put them on the backburner of the important things that need to be done. Luckily for you, and the rest of the world who have kids who do not like chores, getting your children to help (more…)

July 14, 2011

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Everyone loves vacation, but some travelers are reluctant to take the trip because of the long drive ahead of them should they go. There are a few things that can make the road trip much more fun. The most important thing to think about when going on a road trip is activities along the way, especially those for children. It is best if each child has group activities to do as well as individual activities. There may come a time when everyone does not want to interact with each other. For children, be sure (more…)

July 1, 2011

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Being a parent is one of the most difficult jobs that a person can have. The sleepless nights, packing lunches at 5 AM, and constant care is one of the most challenging things that a person will ever have to go through. On top of all of this, one of the biggest hurdles a parent can face is teaching their child to embrace their education.

To most children, school and everything related to it is a very boring occurrence; they will do anything to avoid math, science, and reading. However, as we all know these things (more…)

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When your child is having trouble learning to read it can be a very stressful time. Children who fall one or more grade levels behind in reading often have trouble catching up so take the time now to find out how you can help. Here are a few suggestions for helping your child learn to read:
Get them to a phonics program: Perennial favorites among teachers and parents alike, phonics programs often help children learn to pronounce words and letters in a new way. By breaking down reading (more…)

August 18, 2010

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There are many phonics-teaching techniques that have been developed over the years to aid parents and school teachers. Remember that no matter which program or techniques you choose to use, patience is the most important toolfor both you and the child you are trying to teach. With a good attitude and lots of practice, these techniques can result in an exciting new learning experience for your child.

  • Model your program after the child’s interests. Children are more inclined to learn if their interests are included. If they enjoy learning about different types of animals, include these words as your examples.
  • Short vowel sounds take more training than long vowel sounds. Because long vowel sounds simply make the sound of the letter, you will have to focus more on the short vowels like “u” in “duck” and “e” in “hen”. Visual displays are a good way of getting this information across, so either construct or work with your child to make a wall display or poster that will serve as a friendly reminder. (more…)

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If you’re the parent of a child suffering from hearing loss, you’re probably wondering what exactly you’ll be facing when it comes to the areas of reading and vocabulary. Many of these problems are related to “whole language” types of understanding, which means phonics could be useful in helping them to sound out words. Depending on the type of hearing loss, it can be helpful if your child has a hearing aid from a trusted source like Miracle Ear. Some children will be able to use the hearing aid to process spoken English, while others will only be able to use it to sense sounds.One of the biggest obstacles in children with hearing loss is that vocabulary develops more slowly. It is easier for these children to learn concrete words that refer to objects, such as ball, cat, and jump than it is to learn more abstract words. Abstract words can include feelings, function words like the and an, and prepositions like before and after. Words with multiple meanings cause extra difficulty. (more…)

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