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Analytic Phonics Activities

    About Analytic Phonics

    • Analytic phonics teaches phonetic awareness in context. The process encourages readers to notice how sounds work together to create words, as opposed to having them sound out individual phonemes. It is a more naturalist approach but one of its criticisms is that readers who are having difficulty with phonetic discrimination often cannot blend sounds well, or recognize them together.

    Presentation Steps

    • Present, for example, the word frog for a child to sound out as /fr/ /og/ as opposed to /f/ /r/ /o/ /g/. It is thought that this translates into recognition of frequent sound patterns and that it generalizes better. For an example of generalization, once the student sees and sounds out /fr/ /og/, he might then see free, and sound it out as /fr/ /ee/ or dog as /d/ /og/.

    Make it Fun

    • Rearrange magnetic letters to make words. The letters are an excellent way to ungroup and regroup the letters to show how they blend together. Place them on a refrigerator door or a magnetic board and let the students practice grouping common phonemes. Try to choose words that the students know and use. If you have a word wall or a sight word list that they see every day, use it as inspiration but also take ideas from students. Using words that are meaningful to the children will make instruction more effective and interesting to them.

    Everyday Generalizations

    • Encourage students to use their phonetic skills in their everyday lives. When conducting other activities such as cooking or doing a science experiment, encourage them to use the sound blends to read unfamiliar words. If time limits will affect the amount of time spent on this, add the word to the word wall or wipe board, or have the child add it to her personal word list for further study.

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