Finding phonics lessons that are exciting and can help you teach phonics to your young students can make your job easier. When you are teaching phonics lessons you may find that it will be helpful to use pictures of things that your students will be familiar with and words they encounter in their everyday lives. Using pictures is a great way to teach phonics because so many children make visual associations between words, sounds, and objects. If you also have them pronounce the word when they see the picture and have them identify the sounds that are being used in the words they will often learn quickly. This method of combining seeing, saying, and hearing the words and sounds will increase the probability that they will remember the concept.
Using worksheets when teaching phonics lessons can be a great way to put their knowledge into practice. They can have fun coloring a picture on the worksheet while also identifying the sound of the object they are coloring. It will be helpful to your students to put together the picture they color with the sound you are teaching them at that time. Since they may not be able to read though you should be sure that the pictures you use are recognizable to your students.
As they progress in their phonics skills you can use reading aloud in your phonics lessons as well. It is helpful to children to be able to take a book and start sounding out words using what they have learned. It also makes students feel proud and grown up that they are reading from a book. It might not be a good idea to have them read in front of the whole class but having children individually read to you is a great idea. Also if you notice that you have students who could use some extra help in their reading and phonics abilities you can have them practice by reading at home to their parents. Always be sure that you are aware of where each student is in his or her progress and that you do not let any student fall behind in his or her phonics lessons.