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



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.
NY Times article


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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!