Teaching phonics to young children is not an easy task, but finding phonics lesson plans that are exciting and helpful can make your job a bit easier. It is helpful when teaching phonics that you use words and object pictures that children are familiar with. It is often a good idea to use picture when teaching children phonics because many children learn visually. Using phonics lesson plans that have the children seeing a picture, saying the word, and identifying the letter sound used is the best way for them to learn phonics. When you use teaching methods that combine ways of leaning such as visual and audio you increase the probability that they will learn the concept.
Incorporating worksheets into your phonics lesson plans that have fun pictures to color and have children identify the sound used in the word can be helpful. Of course be sure that they can recognize what the picture is because they may not be able to read yet. Letting them take the time to color a picture of a cat and identify the hard “C” sound will help them link the sound and word together.
As children become better at differentiating between phonic sounds it will be helpful to incorporate some reading into your phonics lesson plans. Having children take a book and sound out the works using what you have already taught them helps enforce what they have already learned while making them feel excited that they are beginning to read. Always make sure in your phonics lesson plans that you have enough activities to keep your students busy, but also allow yourself enough time to be able to be sure that all your students are catching on. Make sure that you are not leaving one or two students behind, and often if a child needs extra help sending a note home and having a child practice reading to their parents can be very effective.