Phonics information for parents
To help parents to continue their children’s education at home, we have given access to the Monster Phonics Programme.
We know you must be being bombarded with a wealth of online resources, websites and suggestions about how best to help your children or class learn during this time. To help you navigate through this explosion of new material and to ensure the children enjoy what they learn, Monster Phonics has outlined a simple guide.
Read about what phonics is, how to help your child and how to maximise progression in learning.
Overall, setting simple objectives is important. If children do nothing else during this time off, they should continue to learn phonics, secure the high frequency words, and practice reading. This can be done best by using colour-coded multisensory activities to accelerate learning and play games. Try these fun ways to teach phonics and spelling.
What is Phonics?
The 26 letters of the alphabet and combinations of these letters make 44 speech sounds in English.
The 44 sounds (phonemes) are spelt by 144 different letter combinations (graphemes). For example, the sound O is spelt 6 different ways: o (no), o-e (home), oa (boat), ow (snow), oe (toe) and ou (though).
Traditional ways of learning to spell can be time-consuming and for some children they are ineffective.
What is Monster Phonics?
Monster Phonics makes learning to read and spell through phonics easier, by categorising the 44 sounds into 10 categories and each of these 10 categories are represented by a Monster. Each Monster is a different colour, and this colour represents that way of spelling the sound. This makes learning to read and spell much easier and more fun.
Free resources to use at home
Fun ways to Help Children Learn Phonics & Spelling
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Why does Monster Phonics improve learning?
The child learns through the assignment of colour and the linkage of the sound, as well as seeing the colour, creating more ways of remembering the spelling.
The games, songs and activities within the programme continuously reflect this way of learning, so that structure is constantly seen, heard and experienced by your child. This consistency is critical in ensuring that a complicated language is learnt in the most simplistic way. Read more about how Monster Phonics works.
High-frequency words are learnt much faster with Monster Phonics. These words make up 65% of the words used in reading
- Once colour-coded, high-frequency words can be taught in easy to learn sets of
similar words. This significantly improves spelling.
- With colour-coding non-decodable words become decodable. Children are no longer told that words like ‘they’ and ‘my’ are tricky as they can be decoded.