We can often trace the roots of poor reading and spelling to a child not knowing the Synthetic Phonics code. What often needs to happen is to go back to basics and give the child confidence in the simple logic, and then move from there.
Older phonics approaches will often throw in too many variables which can trip a child up. Reading and spelling becomes a guessing game, without a set of rules. Phonics Hero takes your child step-by-step through the Synthetic Phonics logic, so your child has a set of rules from which to work from. The placement test, when you initially log in, will test your child’s reading skills and assign the correct level. This will ensure they have the solid, basic foundations before moving on.
Learning to read has been described as one of the hardest things we ask of our children. This is easily forgotten when, as an adult, reading has become second nature and we become hardly aware of how it is done. If reading difficulties persist then someone soon questions whether ‘Dyslexia’ is at the root. It is important to remember however that there is no definitive test for this condition.
Indeed, in other countries where the spelling is written much as it is spoken, the levels of reading delay can be up to 50% lower. For example, in Italian there are around 26 phonemes using 22 letters which makes for faster and more efficient learning to read. Levels of reading delay can be up to 50% lower than in English speaking countries where 26 letters have to be stretched to represent 44 phonemes.
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