Sounds make it very interesting for kids to respond to learning. It is amazing to see the baby shift her/his eyes on hearing the voice or murmurs of a mother. May be that’s why lullabies are soothing for the baby enough to sleep. Taking this a bit ahead is a process of learning and understanding for the child. This happens initially at home when parents or relatives talk to the child in their mother tongue. Metro lives are where kids usually learn a few local languages and commonly they learn about English and Hindi.
Play school time is more about learning rhymes, poems and general pronunciations. Some kids have a high inclination towards learning skills in language while others love to build blocks or do things with clay. A well rounded exposure is just enough for the child to learn something about everything. When kids initially go to a proper school they have a structured leaning. All schools chalk up a syllabus prior to the month and this is a glimpse of what is to be taught.
Phonics means a particular sound or variation to pronounce an alphabet. It begins with simple introduction to words like ‘A’ for Apple and ‘L’ for lollipop where there is an articulation with ‘A’ stressed to erase out any implications of the mother tongue language which is more imbibed by the child. English is a universal language and although Indian English is different to be heard it is important to erase the vernacular hint in the pronunciation.
‘Lick like a lollipop’, and the pronunciation goes ‘ell, ell’ and ‘buzz like bee (zzz)’ for Z is a very interesting form to learn L and Z. This is how the entire 27 alphabets are interesting put through and makes it nice for kids to learn together. It is better that parents or the caregiver keeps a simple home work on the same. The next course is to learn two letter words like at, an, en, ed, ad, in, ig etc which is again cut short, separated and then joined to form a word.
Teaching phonics is about patience and though parents are not truly trained in the subject it is better for the child to learn it right. Soon it will amaze us as to how their vocabulary has improved.
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