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Fast, Fun & Easy Phonics Teaching for Language Arts

Phonics made easy with Phonogram Flash Cards

Fast, Fun & Easy Phonics Teaching for Language Arts

Are we baking cookies or teaching phonics and language arts ? Should school really be fast, fun and easy? And if it’s that easy, are your kids really learning anything substantial?Phonics made easy with Phonogram Flash Cards

Well it is possible to teach comprehensive language arts with ease and efficiency. With phonics, teachers and parents get the best of both worlds: simplicity and sophistication. Woven underneath the ease and efficiency of phonics learning is real science, extensive research on learning, and mapping of brain functions.

So, if you want an easier, faster and more fun way to teach your students/children how to read, write and spell, keep reading. We’ll show you just why, and how, phonics works.

1. Decoding Makes Phonics Fast

Phonics decodes the English language, which is made up of the 26 letters from the alphabet. Once a student learns the sounds that letters and letter combinations make, they can apply that learning to virtually every word they see.  Which is why, when students complete the third level of phonics learning (using YesPhonics™ Express), they can read approximately 3,000 words. The whole language (see-say) method teaches about 900 words in the same amount of time.

As an example: In the whole language method, a child will learn the word ‘cat.’ And ‘cook’ and ‘care’.  With phonics, children will learn all the sounds ‘c’ makes, including the sound for ‘cat’ and ‘once,’ and when combined with ‘h,’ it makes the sound for ‘chair. When an ‘s’ is added, it helps make the sound for ‘school.’ As you can see, students are learning everything about the letter ‘c’ from the very beginning, and not being misled by thinking ‘c’ only applies to the sound in ‘cat’.

2. Phonograms Makes Phonics Easy

The alphabet represents 26 symbols, represented by letters. Like a game, organizing the symbols gives children the ability to read, write and spell. These symbols, alone or combined, represent 72 unique sounds, called phonograms. Phonics gives students the tools to decode any word in the English language by recognizing the behavior of each letter and letter combination (phonogram). As you can imagine, it’s much easier to memorize and integrate the 72 phonograms into a vocabulary, than memorizing whole words, one at a time, to build a random vocabulary list.

3. Flashcards Make Phonics Fun

Teaching reading with the sounds of the phonogramsFlashcards make learning to read super fun. Like finding clues to a riddle, flashcards can serve as decoding tools, building sounds, sound combinations, and words from the simple to the increasingly complex. The Flashcard Phonogram Pack  from YesPhonics offers the additional benefit of mnemonic illustrations, or memory aids, which help embed the learning into the students’ long-term memory. In the example below, you can see how the phrase ‘have a ball,’ combined with the clever illustration, demonstrates all three sounds made by the letter ‘a.’

When The Writing Road to Reading introduced the concept of phonics in the 1950s by Romalda Spalding, it represented a revolution in teaching methodology for language arts. Teachers and parents were challenged however, to create their own tools to present this great new material. YesPhonics has done all that work for you. With the YesPhonics Express Program, you receive a comprehensive curriculum, Spelling Notebook, the Flashcard Phonogram Pack, a Creative Coloring Book and many more tools.

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About Kyla Cheney

Kyla Merwin is a freelance writer, editor and blogger. She writes about travel, pets, phonics, and people, with credits in regional and national magazines, and scattered throughout webpages everywhere. She writes for the travel & recreation website, Northwest Road Tripper [http://www.nwroadtripper.com], and serves as the executive director of the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association. Her first book, "Lost & Found in Egypt" [http://kmc-media.com/books] was released in September 2103. She lives and writes in Bend, Oregon. (Photo Credit: Joseph Eastburn)

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