About Phonics

Introduction to Phonics

Do you know that we use different sounds while speaking or reading? The sounds used, are represented by the letters of the alphabet. Associating sounds with the letters of the alphabet is called phonics. It is a method that teaches children to decode words required for reading, comprehension and writing.

What is further interesting to know is that there are two phonic approaches. The first one is the Analytical approach. This approach expects children to read the whole word by memorizing it. Eg: The word ‘boat’ is introduced for the children to memorize the look of it. The second approach is the Synthetic approach that focuses on producing sounds of individual letter or group of letters, which are put together for blending, thereby helping children to read successfully. E.g.; the same word, ‘boat’ is segmented into individual sounds as ‘buh -oa-tuh’ for children to successfully read or spell the words, instead of just guessing it.

Phonics – Are they important?
  • Unfortunately, when we went to school, most of us did not have the expediency of learning to read, the Phonics way. But glad, that our children have an advantage to do so. With most of the schools following the Phonics method, the need to acquire this skill has become imperative.
  • One of the main benefits of learning phonics is that it teaches children to decipher words on their own, which means they ultimately need less help to read, making them independent readers.
  • Another advantage of learning phonics is that it gives children a foundation for learning new words, thereby building vocabulary.
  • Empowered with the knack of Phonics application, children turn out to be fast and fluent readers.
  • Ultimately the power of phonics helps children to write by using the sounds created in words.
  • Whilst there are alternative methods for teaching children to read and write, phonics is widely regarded as being one of the most effective methods.
  • Encumbered with several advantages, Phonics incorporates many essential language skills, required throughout our life.
About Phonic Smart

Now, take a minute to think about this. As educated parents, you are all constantly trying to cope up with the needs of highly challenging life. Today this role is yours; tomorrow it will be played by your children. So what is it that in this globalisation era, you, as a parent, would want the most important trait to be developed in your child? Do you have an answer?

For most of us, the “I” word would hit the chart, as we all want our children to be “Intellectually” empowered. However , we often restrict the word, “intelligence “ to “academic intelligence” , without realizing that as parents the best that we can do, is to plan and assist our child’s learning potential. Remember, that it is learning that facilitates intelligence and not vice versa. So what’s the best way to boost your child’s learning potential? One way to begin is by making “books” and the habit of “respectfully reading them”, an integral part of their lives.

Your child’s ability to read begins much earlier than the first day of school. Every child eventually learns to read at different stages of life; however what is important, is to be sure of the process that helps your child to acquire this skill. An incorrect process or negligence towards helping your child develop this skill correctly; will impede his/her language development.

So are you still wondering where and how to commence? Begin with ‘Phonic Smart’, a skill development programme that uses Phonics instruction to enrich your child’s language comprehension skills.

Phonic Smart, offers a range of courses that incorporates synthetic phonics following a multisensory and fun approach to help your child develop effective listening, speaking, reading and eventually writing skills, required to assimilate any learning.

About our Methodology

About our Methodology

It is no secret, that the various courses offered by Phonic Smart, are based and developed on the internationally recognized and world wide successful method of “Jolly Phonics.” 

Jolly Phonics is a reading programme developed by Sue Lloyd and Sara Wernham, who were Primary/Elementary teachers at Woods Loke Primary School in Lowestoft, United Kingdom and is published by Jolly Learning. It is a systematic synthetic phonics programme designed to teach children to read and write. Children learn the 42 letter sounds of the English language, rather than the alphabet. It teaches five basic skills as explained below:

  • Learning the Letter Sounds
    The 42 main sounds of English are introduced here.
  • Learning Letter Formation
    Children are taught the correct formation of the letters with the help of “froggy legs” grip.
  • Blending
    This is the process of saying the individual letter sounds in a word, then running them together to make a word e.g. sounding out ‘duh-o-guh’ makes dog.
  • Identifying Sounds in Words
    This basic skill focuses on children being able to hear, identify and segment the sounds in a word to spell it correctly.
  • Spelling the Tricky Words
    Some words in English have irregular spelling and cannot be read by blending, e.g. ‘said’, ‘was’ and ‘one’. These irregular words are called “Tricky Words”. Children are taught to spell these words to increase reading fluency.

The above skills are all taught at the same time throughout the programme. As children progressively master the above mentioned skills, they are introduced to a comprehensive spelling and grammar programme called as Jolly Grammar.

The benefits of the Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar programmes have been reaped by most of the countries across the globe. Here, at Phonic Smart we use the original curriculum as provided under the Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar, UK programme, to provide the same benefits to your child. A few necessary adaptations have been made to suit the needs of our children in India.

Why Phonic Smart?

Did you know that learning to read is a challenge for almost 40 percent of kids? The good news is that with early help, most reading problems can be prevented. The bad news is that 44 percent of parents who notice their child having trouble wait a year or more before getting help. So why wait? Phonic Smart, is not just another Phonics tuition. Here, we constantly strive to help your child practice the art of reading. We aim at creating an environment where your child would fall in love with the beautiful habit of reading in quest for learning, for Tomie dePaola rightly said, that, “Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.

What is different about us, is that the various courses designed by Phonic Smart, have been developed around the 6 areas of child development, incorporating PSED- Personal, social and emotional skills, Creative skills, Physical- both gross and fine motor skills, Problem solving and Numeracy skills, Cognitive skills and Spiritual / Moral skills to facilitate CLL- Communication, Language and Literacy skills.

Moreover, with an increased expectation to excel in academics, children often succumb to pressure. With an objective to help your child acquire the art of reading, the skills taught at Phonic Smart not only mitigate this pressure but also provides your child with exorbitant joy and happiness helping him/her to believe in them. Such children not only inculcate positive attitude towards life but also make confident and good human beings.

Is Phonic Smart a School?

Phonic Smart is not a school. It is a professional programme designed to develop and enhance your child’s language comprehension skills. With successful completion of each programme, your child will be provided with a completion certificate that will certify him/her as an efficient and successful reader.

Although the different programmes offered by Phonic Smart are a part of the most powerful and effective method of Jolly Phonics, remember that the success of it is an outcome of communal efforts shared between the instructor and the parents. So let us begin this partnership in moulding your child’s potential into a learning experience for life.