Thus, parents and teachers alike, should include enrichment activities at the same time of teaching phonics reading skills. These activities will help the children acquire the language. Good language acquisiton will help them learn to read fluently and with understanding.
- Read aloud story books(so teachers please don't throw your Big Books away).
- Sing action songs.
- Recite poems, nursery rhymes, chants & alliterations(Cory Cat caught a crab.).
As a phonics practitioner for more than 20 years, I believe it is a tragedy NOT to teach children to read using synthetic phonics!