32 Answered Questions for the topic phonics
How can I tell when the "y" at the end of a word will sound like "e" or "i"?
Some word that end in y sound like e and some sound like i. How can I know when to say e and when to say i?
Phonics Reading Comprehension
The goal of reading is making meaning from text. So, how is phonics related to comprehension?
How is phonics different from phonemic awareness?
What does language development look like for 4 and 5 year olds in online instruction?
What is the difference in tutors who use Barton Lessons versus those who use Orton Gillingham?
When do we use “k” versus “ck” at the end of a word?
We know that “ck” and “k” make the same sound so how do we know which one to use at the end of a word?
Name three words that start with "dr"Example: Drink
When 2 vowels go walking, which one does the talking?
ea, oa, ee, oo, which of the vowel says the sound in words?
Why can't my child read?
What is the missing piece when my child is struggling to read?
Why is understanding phonics important?
Phonics form the building blocks for reading and writing. With effective phonics instruction, children will learn to decode letters into sounds. Decoding is an essential skill for learning to read... more
What's the best way to help kids differentiate between [b] and [d]?
It's a classic problem for so many kids out there. I've seen some creative solutions and some downright horrible ideas that actually make everything worse for the child. I have my own approach but... more
What is the difference between phonics and phonemic awareness?
Many people hear that phonics and phonemic awareness are important when it comes to reading fluency for students so what is the difference? Is there a difference? If there is a difference, how do... more
What is the first thing to do when a person cannot read a word?
The answer to this question helps not only pronounce a word correctly, but aids in spelling, helps determine which part-of-speech that specific word is, and assists in figuring the meaning of the... more
How do I know which area of reading my child is struggling with?
My child has good comprehension but is a very slow reader. He also struggles with spelling even basic two syllable words. What should I be doing to help him improve?
Hey and Happy Quarantine!! I have a phonics question for you.
How come the "char" in the words chariness and charcoal are pronounced differently? How come the "e" in the word cachinnate is silent? So, instead of (kak-u-nate) its pronounced (kak-u-neht)?My... more
Phonics English As A Second Language
Vowel sounds versus spelling?
Many words in English have identical vowel pronunciation, but the spelling is different.How can we gain fluency and speed when we say these words?
What is a consonant digraph? What are some examples of consonant digraphs?
When is C soft?
Sometimes the letter C is hard and sometimes it is soft. Which is which and how can I know when it is hard or soft?
How can I help a struggling early reader at HOME?
Parents and caregivers, if you are reading this message you have reached desperation when it comes to supporting your Struggling Reader. It will be okay, I promise!I am a special educator, trained... more
How can I engage my young child to learn the alphabet, in a fun, creative way?
This question asks for a recommendation on how to raise a child's interest level when learning letters, sounds of the alphabet.
What phonetic sounds are some of the last sounds for a child to master?
The phonemes /k/ and /t/ may be some of the last sounds a child might master. Some children may not master their differences until as late as 7 years old.Interestingly when dictation on smart... more
How important is learning how to write Japanese? Can't I just learn how to read the English pronounciations?
Some reasons why I teach the writing systems of hiragana and katakana in the first days of my Japanese lessons.
Phonics English Pronunciation
What determines the pronunciation of the "u" in words like public or pupil?
I am confused as to how do you know automatically how to say the letter "u" in public, pupil, pub, puberty and others similar. Is there a key to knowing this?
Is it difficult to understand sentence structure?
Can you utilize quick and easy tips that allow you to write in a structured format?