5 Tips to start your kids on the correct pronunciation of Words

Although some kids are capable of decoding words with regular reading practice, many of them can be taught to pronounce words properly by explicit instructions. In the following paragraphs, we have mentioned 5 essential guidelines that will help your child to make flawless pronunciations.

  1. Explain how to decode words

It will be prudent to show your child how to sound out an unfamiliar word by splitting it up into smaller sections. He or she must be taught how to recognize the phonemes in that particular word. Interestingly, there are as many as 44 phonemes in English. Also, make it a point to teach your kid how to pronounce every new word together with its meaning so that he can identify the “irregular” words just by seeing them.

  1. Teach how to blend

It is imperative to learn blending so as to read fluently. Blending, in short, helps in the smooth combination of individual sounds within the word together.

  1. Write it down

Consider the following while teaching your child how to pronounce words:

  • pronounce slowly
  • hold the sound
  • locate the letter
  • write it down.


  1. Read loudly

Reading loudly will assist your kid to visualize how printed words are related to the pronounced words. It will help them to correlate the individual sounds with printed letters as well as letter combinations.

  1. Play games

Playing interesting spelling and word games such as Hang Man and Scrabble with the older kids will help them to pronounce the words slowly and clearly while stressing as well as emphasizing every single consonant and syllable. It will likewise encourage them to discover innovative words along with their pronunciation.

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Annabelle is part of the Content and Community team at SmileTutor https://smiletutor.sg/, sharing valuable content to their own community and beyond


The MEGA Book of Phonics Worksheets

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2017 is another busy year here at Phonics.com HQ, and we’re happy to reveal what we’ve been working on for the past few months! Introducing The MEGA Book of Phonics Worksheets, the perfect printed companion to the Phonics.com website.

Packed with 240 phonics worksheets, word lists, suggested games and activities, phoneme cards and much more, it’s the ultimate fun and easy resource to teach reading with phonics! Currently available with UK spelling, we are busy working on a US version for release later in the year.

Click to purchase your copy:

Australia & China: via Pascal Press

USA: via Teachers Pay Teachers

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Hands-on games and activities for early learners

At Phonics.com, we try to cater to all types of learners. We understand that some children work best when they utilise a combination of skills.

Here’s a list of five classic and fun games and activities that don’t need a screen or an internet connection!

1. ABC Reading Eggs – Beginning to Read Flashcards

These flashcards are an excellent way to practise reading and phonics skills. They feature 40 high frequency sight words and 36 word-building cards, as well as 5 fun games to play!

2. Scrabble Junior

Everyone’s favourite word game gets a colourful makeover. One side lets children match letter tiles on the grid. Turn it over, and older kids can come up with their own words like the original.

3. Boggle Junior

This classic word game has been re-imagined for young learners. Children learn word and letter recognition by matching the Boggle letter cubes to the pictures and words.

4. Rory’s Story Cubes

These little cubes are great to use as story starters. Each cube has images printed on the side, for more than 10 million possible combinations! There are several different sets to collect, including Voyages and Action, to help imaginations run wild.

5. Melissa and Doug Wooden Story Blocks

These wooden story blocks come with a frame that helps early learners answer the questions ‘Who?’, ‘What?’, ‘Where?’ and ‘When?’ about their stories. Each of the eight blocks has six colourful pictures to inspire and encourage creativity.

Happy holidays!


Depending on where you live, the holiday season can either mean fun spent in the sun or the snow! Whether you’re enjoying a good book on the beach or by the fire, we hope you have a relaxing break. See you next year for more Phonics fun!

Homeschool binder hacks!


Every page in the Mega Book of Phonics Worksheets is perforated, which means they are absolutely perfect for a homeschool binder. Here are some of our favourite homeschool binder hacks from the experts — homeschooling parents just like you!

  • Place your pages in plastic sleeves and have kids use whiteboard markers to write in the answers. The answers can be erased and the sheets used again and again! No more photocopying or laminating!
  • Colour-code your binders for each subject or topic for an easy visual reference.
  • Use plastic milk crates to hold and organise your binders.
  • Binders aren’t just for kids! Create an organisational binder for all your teaching materials. Check out this teacher binder from The Colorful Apple !
  • Use pocket pouches to keep school supplies or other bits and pieces organised.
  • Create lesson plan pages using foolscap ruled into six boxes for the five weekdays (plus one extra!) and Post-it notes in each one. You can write your lessons on each Post-it and easily move them around as necessary.
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Here are some items you’ll need to start creating Ultimate Homeschool Binder Kit!

  • 3-ring binders
  • Clear plastic sleeves
  • Dividers
  • Hole punch
  • Label maker
  • Post-its
  • Pocket pouches

Get inspired by these FREE binder printables!

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What’s your reading resolution for 2017?


A new year means a fresh start! It also means back to school, be it a new school year or term. It’s the ideal time to make some ‘reading resolutions’ for the year.

Reading is a fun and engaging activity that you can do with your child every day. Here are a few ideas for the year. And remember, all of these resolutions can be adapted for the adult reader as well!

  • Read every day: This one’s nice and easy! One book or chapter a day before bed is a great way to relax and spend quality time with your child.
  • Have a library day: Make time every week (or fortnight) to visit your local library. Most libraries have a great children’s section with regular activities. Let your child choose the books that appeal to them and have a special bag just for library books.
  • Start a book club: This one’s great for older children who love sharing their ideas. Activities and field trips related to the content in the books can bring the concepts in the stories alive.
  • Make a reading list: Look forward to all the great books you haven’t read yet by filling out a reading list. Here are some fun and colourful book lists to download and print:
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Phonics is proving itself to be the most effective way of teaching literacy across the English-speaking world!
This article from the New York Times entitled ‘A Foundation of Phonics and Knowledge Is Key to Literacy’ which discusses a recent study that demonstrated that classes using phonics had higher rates of success.
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A recent article in The Guardian newspaper reports on markedly improved results for students being taught to read using phonics. The Education Editor, Richard Adams, wrote:

The embrace of phonics to teach the youngest primary school pupils to read appears to be paying dividends after new figures showed a rise in the number of pupils passing the government’s benchmarks for literacy in the first and second years of formal schooling.

The results of the government’s controversial phonics check – designed to test how children read and pronounce simple words and sounds – saw a 5% increase in the number of five- and six-year-olds passing the check, with 74% of state school pupils in England reaching the expected standard in 2014.

In contrast, just 58% of pupils were able to correctly pronounce the expected number of words and sounds when the phonics check was first administered in state primary schools nationwide in 2012.

This article supports what the team at http://www.phonics.com have always known. Phonics rules!