Phonetics is the study of speech sounds, their production and combination, and their representation by written symbols.
Children learn a lot through play – but these days, reading skills are also taught using a systematic phonics system. It can be a bit of a puzzle for parents to work out how best to support your child through the early stages of reading, especially since teaching methods may have changed quite a bit since you were at school. This is the common reason why phonics is so widely used is to teach reading to children.
Now days in pre-school or nursery, before they even start learning letter names and sounds, children begin developing their listening skills so that they are tuned into the different sounds in words.
Phonetic language means a language that it’s written form = spoken form.
Phonetics is divided into three types according to the production, transmission and perception
Once they’ve learned to read words with the most common letter-sound combinations, children move on to learn lots of alternative combinations. They practice reading increasingly complex words. By the time they finish their first year; most children will be well on the way to reading pretty much any familiar word in English! In their second year, children develop their skills still further, practicing using phonics to read and spell words that are less familiar and more challenging.
Of course, while all this is going on, children are also learning to understand and enjoy what they read! From nursery and beyond, teachers share wonderful stories and non-fiction books with children and encourage them to think about, talk about and enjoy their reading.