There may be a never-ending debate going on as to which of the reading programs, phonics and/or whole language, will work best for early childhood learning, but there is surely no debate for any new or veteran parents considering their child’s education.
That’s exactly why if your child appears to be having difficulty in school or shows an early interest in reading why you would want to explore these reading programs.
It is important that just as you watch for potty training clues or hints that you watch for clues or hints that your child is ready or needs help.
Reading is the foundation for all subjects!
Yes, let me repeat! Reading whether by phonics, whole-language or both is the foundation upon which all following subjects will build.
For a child that is ready to learn they will show,
an enthusiasm in any type of print media
a willingness to share their new experience
awareness that this new world is everywhere
major improvements in their study habits
improvement in their overall self-esteem
You can use either the synthetic or analytic reading program to help your child learn the phonics reading method.
With the synthetic approach your child will learn the forty-four sounds produced by the twenty-six letters of the alphabet versus the analytic which requires your child to first acquire a list of words they know by sight and then make the association.
The phonics reading program relies on visual and auditory memory independent of any meaning. Part of this involves ear training – using listening games to introduce for example word families.
Word families is a group of words that share a common beginning, middle and ending (all, ball, call).
On the other hand, whole-language programs are surrounded with every type of print media imaginable – necessary to function in life such as books, magazines, newspapers, as well as utensils to assist with learning to write.
Read aloud to your child from books and point to the words as it is being spoken. After reading or studying the same material for a length of time, the child might be able to recite the words.
Phonics and whole-language can make for a strong foundation for beginners but phonics can work wonders for readers who are having problems or for those who want to take preventive measures.
Each system can play upon the way your child learns and will just give them more.
As for the child who is having difficulty or is not ready, look for really the opposite of the things mentioned above including,
during study time they become easily irritable
they would rather engage in anything except study
they always wait for you to take charge
progress reports from other subjects’ rate poorly
It’s an emotional issue because no parent who works hard to ensure their child gets an excellent education wants to hear that their child is having difficulty or can’t read.
These are only some of the many reasons for incorporating a reading program into your early learning teachings.