YOUR BEST CHOICE FOR PHONICS & PRE-K MATERIALS
Phonics and Pre-K materials are certainly available everywhere on the internet - but take a few minutes looking through our FREE TRIAL and you'll quickly see why the materials on PhonicsMagic are far superior resulting in more progress in less time. We have specially designed classroom worksheet activities, computer and phone apps - learning tools, pretests and databases that record student results throughout the year. Simply put, we have the backbone that will not only keep you organized, but enable your student(s) to learn letter names - letter sounds and all Pre-K and Kindergarten skills faster.
SECRET LINK BETWEEN LETTER NAMES & SOUNDS
In teaching "reading" to any student, teachers typically begin by teaching the names of all 26 letters of the alphabet. The second step is to teach the sounds each of these letters make (called PHONICS). When working with very young students (less than 4 years old), teaching the letter names separate from the sounds is a good practice so they are not overwhelmed with information. However, most older students can be taught the name and sound together.
Many people don't think about this, but nearly all letter names contain the phonics sound for that letter. For example, when you say the name for letter "b" (pronounced bee), you can hear the "buh" sound at the beginning of the letter name. Other letters (such as f), you can hear the sound "fff" at the end of the letter name. The most difficult sounds to learn are for letters - H - W - and Y. This is because when you say those letter names - you do not hear the sound in the letter name. Of course, not having a sound clue in the letter name makes learning the sound far more difficult. Therefore, extra effort will be needed -.and we have several tricks for this as well, including our PingPong technique discussed below.
PHONICS & PHONEMIC AWARENESS ARE DIFFERENT
Letter names and letter sounds are just a part of the Pre-K and Kindergarten education priorities. Research has shown another skill is extremely important for accelerating the learning-to-read process. This is called PHONEMIC AWARENESS and is simply the skill of being able to say - WHERE- a sound is located in the word. For example, is the sound heard at the beginning, middle or end of the word? .... and when it comes to high quality activities and materials that teach Phonemic Awaress, we gotcha' covered like no one else!
We've been working for over 20 years at PhonicsMagic to create and develop materials that will make the teaching process easier for you and the learning process easier and more efficient for your students. Simply put, by using PhonicsMagic, your students will make far more progress in less time!
WE GOT SNEAKY TRICKS TOO!
Teaching letter names to a child can be as simple as writing an alphabet letter on a piece of paper and taping it on a door - window or drinking bottle - and pointing to it and saying its name as the toddler walks by... (write that down folks as this is a great trick!). Along with this little trick, we have another very powerful trick called "PING-PONG" - For example, students often confuse letters b and d. An amazing trick to help students learn the letters quickly - simply write the letters b and d in random order 30 times across the top of your board in front of class. Take 30 seconds and discuss the difference between the two letters. For example, while standing at the board - tell students that "b" goes bowling to the right (the round ball is on the right side of the stick and "d" goes dancing to the left (the round ball is on the left of the stick). Next, challenge your students by asking if anyone thinks they can read all 30 letters without a mistake. You'll see nearly all hands go up since the students think this is an easy task (but it isn't...).
Begin by choosing a student who will most likely not get all letters correct. Typically, at the beginning of this exercise, students will make a mistake somewhere in the first 10 letters. At that point, tell the student that this is a difficult task and congratulate them for getting as far as they did. Then, underline the letter where they made the mistake and write the child's name below that. This time, ask the class if anyone thinks they can read past the mistake made by the previous student. Again, hands will be flying to give it a try. Repeat this process for awhile (making sure to not call on the smarties right away). If you do this every morning, nearly all students will have this mastered within a week. By the way - the reason why the Ping-Pong trick is so effective is because it takes advantage of the brain's ability to efficiently keep two bits of information in the short term memory. Going back and forth between the letters stimulates and enhances the "search" and "find" centers of the brain. Along with this, the increased repetition signals the brain that this is "important" information which then assists with long term memory creation that occurs during the deep stages of sleep.
PING PONG FOR WORDS TOO!
By the way, the PING PONG trick can be used not only with letters, but also numbers and difficult phonics sounds (sh & ch). It is also a powerful tood for rapidly advancing mastery of important reading words. For example, young students often have a very difficult time differentiating between the words "were" and "where" - and - "who" and "how" - Use Ping-Pong to get over the hump to solidify mastery of these words.
PERSONAL PING PONG NOW AVAILABLE IN PHONICSMAGIC
While writing letters or words on the board for Ping-Pong works well with a classroom, there will be vast differences between students' abilities to learn sounds and words. To address specific needs in students, we created a personalized PING-PONG program in which you simply type the letters or words you want the student to practice only once - and the program then automatically arranges these letters or words in random order in either columns or rows. You can then print this out and tape to a students desk or practice whenever you would like - this is a tremendous time saver!
POWERFUL FREE TRIAL ABOVE
The PhonicsMagic FREE TRIAL provides immediate access to approximately half of all our materials. No credit card or email is needed. Just take a look around and you'll quickly see how we can be an tremendous asset to any Pre-K or Kindergarten program. To begin, simply click the top left FREE TRIAL link above! This will show you how all materials are organized on our website - along with everything you need to do for teaching letter names - sounds - and phonemic awareness. In other words, we will make you an expert Reading/Phonics teacher in no time at all! If you like what we have to offer and wish to continue, you can sign-up for as little as $4.95 per month from the JOIN button above.
BREAKTHROUGH IN TEACHING PHONICS -
WELCOME MR. ED PHONICS TUTOR!
The latest addition to our family is called Mr. Ed Phonics Tutor. This is a revolutionary computer based program that teaches letter names and letter sounds simultaneously and runs on any computer. It has been updated to now work beautifully on any phone as well. A tremendous plus for the program is that it has been specifically designed so NO ADULT IS NEEDED to monitor the child's progress - WOW! In other words, simply put your student on the program and walk away - we'll take care of the rest, It has also been designed so non-English speaking students can work alone as well, making this a "life-saver" for any classroom with non-English speaking students.
How Mr. Ed works -
Students are shown a picture of a 3 letter noun (such as - fox - cat - dog etc). Below the picture are two choices for the first sound - two choices for the middle sound and two choices for the final sound. A short animal narrated video clip is shown tellilng the word name while saying it clearly and slowly. Next we ask your student to CLICK the letter that makes the beginning sound in the word. There is even a "helper" button that when clicked - explains and teaches the sounds in detail. This reduces frustration if students are ever in doubt and also greatly increases success.
If the student picks a correct answer, they are shown a cartoon video reinforcing their correct answer and then begins discussing the middle sound. If an incorrect answer is chosen, a different video is played (acting like a private tutor) that teaches the correct answer and then encourages the student to select the correct answer.
The most beautiful feature of this program is that everything is automatic and students are shown the appropriate cartoon teaching video depending on the answers they select. Again, no teacher is needed to sit next to the student during the activity! Imagine the possibilities this opens for accelerating learning in a large class or providing relevant materials to non-English speaking students who are "lost" in a classroom setting. Finally! we now have a tool that will help students in this difficult situation.
Mr. ED Phonics Tutor is the same (or better) as having a high quality tutor sitting next to your student every moment! Students are engaged in this powerful activity that insures maximum learning of letter names and sounds while Mr. Ed and his friends guide your student every step of the way. Mr. Ed also includes a database that records all important information including correct and incorrect answers - how long it took to do the activity - and specific letters that were incorrect. You can refer to this anytime in the teacher database. How's that for detail!
SO MANY ACITIVITY WORKSHEETS - SO LITTLE TIME...
We have hundreds of excellent worksheet activities which will quickly solidify the learning of letter names, letter sounds and phonemic awareness skills. Some of these are designed tobe done as a group exercise and others as a single student activity.
WHERE IS THE SOUND?
Our WHERE IS worksheets (as we call them) teach only one alphabet letter and the sound the letter makes. It encourages memorization of the sound using an ingenious phonemic awareness strategy. Here the student must think carefully about WHERE the sound is heard and circle whether the consonant sound is heard at the beginning or end of the word. What's nice about these activities is that they are easy to do because of the single sound, but do a fantastic job at teaching the letter name and sound.
DOCUMENTING PROGRESS ALL YEAR LONG
We know how important it is for teachers to document student progress over the year so we include a database for Mr. Ed and for our online alphabet letter and sound test. The alphabet test allows you to sit down with your student and test their knowledge on all alphabet letter names and sounds. Answers are recorded to a database showing student names in rows and results in columns. Test dates are given allowing you (and parents) to view progress over the school year.
PHONICS IS THE KEY
Research clearly shows that knowing letter names and sounds at an early age is the best predictor of future reading success. This certainly makes sense since knowing the sounds of letters will enable a child to decode (figure-out) many difficult words on their own. This skill is also invaluable when attempting to spell difficult words.
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