The importance of phonics education Kindergarten to grade Three

Every child deserves rich literacy teaching. We want all the children to achieve success in their reading and writing so that they can become able and confident literate learners, well equipped for active participation in society.

Although all the skills within strands are important, no greater responsibility exists for educators of students in Kindergarten through Grade Three than to ensure that each student in their care leaves the Third Grade able to read fluently, effortlessly, independently, and enthusiastically.

The period spanning Kindergarten through Grade 3 is the most critical for instruction in the language arts.
During that time students acquire the foundational skills needed for later academic, social, and economic success.

The Five essential elements identified in PHONICS Education are
1. Phonemic Awareness Instruction
2. PHONICS Instruction
3. Fluency Instruction
4. Vocabulary Instruction
5. Comprehension Instruction

The foundations of automatic word recognition begging in Kindergarten through developing Phonemic awareness and learning the sounds associated with letters as well as concepts about print.

Phonemic awareness, the ability to hear and manipulate the sounds of language, is a key indicator for students who learn to read easily versus children who continue to have difficulty.

Instruction in Phonemic awareness begins in Kindergarten and concludes with more complex activities by the middle pf the first grade. By the middle of the Kindergarten, students should be tested in on Phonemic awareness. Beginning in Kindergarten and continuing into the first grade. Children should be explicitly taught the process of blending individual sounds into words. From then onwards children should be introduced to Phonics Activities such as Manipulating, isolating, segmenting, rhyming recognition oddity tasks, diagraph sounds, vocabulary development, reading fluency, reading comprehension etc.

Phonics Training for Early childhood Education equips teachers with all that is needed to support the development of children's early Phonological awareness for later success in Literacy. Teachers are taught how to introduce PHONICS into the early childhood learning environment using a variety of phonological activities to cover all the areas for literacy development.

Many schools in SriLanka teach Phonics at Kindergarten level only. The current approach in teaching is that of high quality systemic PHONICS using multi-sensory techniques. Kanthie Jayasekera is an independent Phonics consultant (after a through study of 5years in Association of Oxford Publications and close study with Int.Instructress for Oxford Press Debbie Hepplewitt) Phonics Expert and inspirational speaker. She is an ex Head of section, Teacher, Elocution Instructress, Lecturer in Pre/Primary Education.

She provides Phonics professional development to empower teachers in teaching assistants to deliver effective phonics teaching. Her comprehensive in-school courses provide you with a structured yet engaging approach to PHONICS to get every child reading and writing. AND NO CHILD LEFT OUT
Kanthie Jayasekera's professional development courses are structured to suit the needs of your School and Staff.

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