By: Ms. Angy
In our preschool program we use Visual Phonics to help teach beginning alliteration skills. Visual Phonics is a combination of picture cues, hand gestures, letter names and letter sounds, which help children to learn the alphabet. With Visual Phonics, the sound, hand shape, and written symbol facilitate a multi-sensory connection between alphabet letters and their corresponding sounds. Visual Phonics allows children to learn letter-sound correspondence in a visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic manner. It involves muscle memory so when the children are using their hands, it helps make that connection to the brain, which helps with processing and remembering information. When a child masters letter names and sounds, the hand cues begin to fade over time and the next process is reading. It is truly amazing to watch the children learn letter names and sounds by using this technique.
By using Visual Phonics we have seen children come into our program not knowing any letters and leave beginning to sound out words. In fact, in one of my preschool classes at the beginning of the year, less than 10% of the children met benchmark criteria for knowing letter sounds. By the end of the year, that very same class was at 100% for letter sound recognition! Not only are children learning with visual phonics, it is also fun as well. We use many different songs, visual books, and visual phonics cards that the children can use and make. We also send home copies to our families so the children can be proactive at home. When children learn these beginning literacy skills, we see such pride when they point to a letter and say, “That is a Z” or we hear a child walking around the room saying, “My name starts with the buh sound, buh is Bob, and banana and butterfly!” If you would like to learn more about Visual Phonics ask any School Readiness Instructor or Early Childhood Special Education Teacher in the Elk River School District. Visual Phonics has had a great impact on children learning the alphabet and learning to read in our programs! Come see it in action!
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What experiences have you or your child had with Visual Phonics?