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 The key aim of Phab Fonics is to teach children to read in a fun interactive way by promoting a seamless transition from decoding to reading. Blending is encouraged as early as possible, from lesson two in fact, so that children can see the sounds in context. Phonics is the teaching of reading through letter sounds; it is not simply the teaching of sounds, so rather than chanting stand-alone sounds to children, then having them repeat in rote like little army cadets, Phab Fonics adopts a more creative approach through song and dance.

Letters are represented by Phonic Friends, cute alliterative characters each with their own fun rhyming song and accompanying funky dance moves. Alliteration and rhyme are very important as they develop children’s ability to tune into speech sounds. This is especially important for those learning English as an additional language both domestically and in international schools abroad.

Music plays a fundamental role in developing children’s language. Phab Fonics allows children to develop a broad repertoire of songs, each with multi-sensory actions and dance moves which encourage them to move in certain ways. This type of mnemonic learning is an excellent way to learn in a quick, memorable and, most important of all, fun way.

SO WHAT IS PHONICS?

Well, in a nutshell, phonics is the teaching of letter sounds, rather than letter names. Knowing the letter names is important too, of course, which is why they feature in all the songs, however the emphasis is on the sound they make. Once familiar with these sounds they can be blended together to decode words, which is how children will learn to read. Just as the police use a phonetic alphabet to relay information: Alpha, Lima, Romeo etc, Phab Fonics uses a child-friendly array of Phonic Friends to introduce the sounds. Each sound is accompanied by a clear and precise lesson plan, showing how to teach the sound following the simple structure as laid out below:

  1. Introduce the Phonic Friend
  2. Let’s dance!
  3. Phonic Flower
  4. Blending and segmenting
  5. Activity sheets
  6. Review

WHAT YOU´LL NEED

Songs: All available at www.phabfonics.com, however you may prefer to download them on iTunes; that way you can listen offline.

Phonic Friend flashcards: These are at the back of this book, to cut out and laminate so children can blend them together like puzzles to read words.

Activity sheets: Make photocopies to save cutting the book to pieces.

Stationary: Scissors, glue-sticks, felt pens, plus it would be great to have a whiteboard and some dry-wipe marker pens so that children can practise forming the letters independently.

Patience: 10-15 minutes a day is plenty!  But don’t insist on it; some children will happily work longer, some may become restless.

Ear-plugs: I guarantee that after a few weeks the songs will drive you crazy... especially when you catch yourself singing them in the shower!!


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