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Phonics Rules For Learning to Read

Do You Really Need to Teach the Rules of Phonics to Kids?

Ah... rules - something that's certain to put a child to sleep better than any bedtime story or lullaby. When it comes to learning to read through phonics, there are numerous rules that can be taught. Note here, that the operative word I used was "can" and I did not say "should" be taught.

In fact, it's probably somewhat counter-productive to try to teach all these different rules to a child - it could easily end up being confusing and cause both the teacher and child unnecessary headaches!

This is because you DO NOT need to teach the rules for phonics to help children learn to read! Children can develop superb phonetic reading skills without learning the rules of phonics. I know, because I've successfully taught children as young as 2 years old to read. Can you imagine trying to teach all these confusing rules to a 2, 3, 4, or even a 5 or 6 year old child? In any case, let's take a look at some of these rules below.

English Phonics Rules Chart for Kids

This last rule is probably the most important:

So there you have it. The above lists some of the very important rules of phonics. Although important, I must reiterate again here that you do NOT need to teach these rules to teach a young child (or anyone) to read. Common sense would dictate that if you tried to teach these to a child, the poor child would probably become more confused instead.

Some food for thought:

The point I'm trying to make here is that there's no need to get fixated on teaching the proper phonics rules to children. It's not necessary, it can cause confusion, and the rules do not apply 100% of the time!

The proper process of learning to read phonetically is through the teaching of synthetic phonics instructions along with phonemic awareness development. This amazing combination is proven in its amazing effectiveness in teaching anyone to read. Through a unique combination of these techniques, our reading program will easily teach anyone to read. Children of all ages have learned to read successfully using the Children Learning Reading program.

You're going to have a heck of a tough time trying to teach a 3 or 4 year old to read - or even older children and adults for that matter - by teaching them the many rules listed. It just doesn't work. Instead, you need to focus on what works - synthetic phonics and phonemic awareness, which is the ability to distinguish, work with, and manipulate phonemes, and developing a fluent and automatic ability to decode on the fly.

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