I believe I may have dropped the ball on phonics instruction with my 7 and 9 year old. For the most part my 9 year old is a great reader, however, the strong phonics component is missing. This would be true for my 7 year old as well.
I never quite got phonics myself. I found myself jumping around from one method or curriculum to the next and I think I probably confused my boys more than anything. So eventually, we just drifted away from it. But now, I see it was a huge mistake and now I want to fix it, but don’t know how.
I am open to all suggestions and advice.
I kinda feel the same way about dd8. I decided to use All About Spelling for her starting this year. It is greatly helping her spelling and is also going over some of the phonics she missed by catching on to reading by sight so easily.
It works for us. I’m sure others have done different things with success.JenniferMParticipant
Why do you think it is a problem? Is the child having difficulty deciphering unknown words?
That is a good question. And I could have the wrong perception in this case. The difficulty actually comes with the spelling of certain words. For example, my 9 year old this morning asked me how to spell “watches.” I replied with, what do you know? He spells out w-a-t-c-h. But he was stuck at the ending sound “es.” This happens often with him in particular with “es,” and “ed,” endings.
My 7 year old this morning, asked how to spell “doors.” I was shocked and frankly so was my 9 year old, because he is such a good reader. So what came to mind, was that this must be a phonics issue.
I understand reading and spelling are separate, and it’s obvious because both boys can read well. It is the spelling that trips them up.
Thank you for asking that question!
Thank you Doug!!
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