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Just want to know did your children know Phonics or learn phonics at kindergarten and able to read the word instantly? 

Phonics is necessary as once the children know phonics, is much easy for them to read the word straight away without asking parents or teacher.  The children are able to read and spell the word which is not force to memories the word. 

By knowing this, I sorted out the Phonics that I know is Jolly Phonics, International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and Vowel & Consonants Phonics.

Jolly phonics
The picture show the Jolly phonics and if you want to know more about this phonics, click Jolly Phonics for more information or contact M’sia Authorized Distributor Extrazeal M Sdn Bhd for Jolly Learning products.  At Jolly Phonics website as you can see, some FREE resource can be downloaded for learning too. 
Some of the English Learning Centre does carry the Jolly Phonics Classes, likes Morris Allen English Program, Mortimer English Club and British Council.

International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
I had bought the IPA flash card and also the Vowel & Consonants Phonics with reader pen for him to learn.

IPA flash card

Vowel & Consonants Phonics with reader pen

To know more about the differences between IPA and Vowel & Consonants Phonics in Chinese version can refer to Learning Phonics.

It is much difficult to learn as IPA is an alphabetic system of phonetic notation based primarily on the Latin alphabet.  As IPA has 20 vowel phonemes and consonants has 28 phonemes.

Vowel & Consonants Phonics

Vowel & Consonants Phonics which I found out that is much easy to learn comparing with IPA.  The patterns for the Vowel & Consonants Phonics are
   1)      Short & Long Vowel – a, e, i, o, u   

   2)      Vowel & Consonants (Blends & Digraphs)

A digraph is two letters that spell one sound. Digraphs that spell consonant sounds include the letter pairs sh, ch, th, wh, ck, ph, ng.  

 Digraphs that spell vowel sounds include the letter pairs ai, ay, ee, ea, ie, ei, oo, ou.  


Blends is when two consonants make a distinct sound bl, fr, sw, cr, dr..etc.

For addition learning, I’m quite like this Oxford Phonics Spelling Dictionary as you can see “S” example from the below picture.  This is a teaching and learning resource to help young children to read and spell using phonics.  The words within this dictionary are ordered using sounds we can identify in the words that we want to spell.

Or the “Oxford Phonics World” and the workbook is also a good choice to learn and practice the phonic. 

And for practice, Scholastic K2 Series include the Success Vowel and Success with Consonant Series (digraphs and Blends) is my choice.

I didn’t enroll him for the phonics class as phonics / han yu pin yin, as most of the classes are held one week once within 1/2 hours, after the classes end, we need to practice at home as well, like Sight Word, that you need to practice again and again so that he can familiar with it.  Without practice, Matt will forget everything that he learns inside the class.  I had been experience on this on his han yu pin yin class.

Home study for Matt is suited him, as I can practice him anytime, after he wake up and/or before bedtime.  Just spend 5-10mins on the practice.  

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