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Teach your child to read: A Parent’s Guide to Phonics

Understanding phonics for parents and caregivers
Hayley Mitchell
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Understand the language involved in the teaching of phonics.
Support their child with phonics learning.
Understand the process involved in the teaching of phonics.

As a parent you want to help your child succeed in life and we know that reading is one of the most valuable life skills your child will ever learn. 

So how can you help your child learn to read? 

Teachers train for years in order to gain competency in the teaching of phonics yet you’re probably still stuck singing the ABC. If this sounds familiar then this is the course for you. I’ve summarised my many years of teaching experience, early years specialism and phonics leadership into a course designed to help you understanding the teaching of reading.

This is a basic level course intended for parents of children at preschool/kindergarten or in their first year of education, who want to develop their understanding of phonics. Learn and grow confident in the vocabulary and terminology used to discuss phonic teaching. 

  • Understand what teachers are talking about in parents evenings when they refer to phonic learning.
  • Feel confident to respond to your child knowledgeably when they tell you they’ve been learning a new digraph at school!
  • Pronounce each phoneme accurately so that you can support your child’s learning at home.
  • Gain a small bank of activities that support phonics at home without feeling like your forcing ‘homework’ in your little one!
  • Learn why sounds are taught in a particular order rather than the old fashioned ABC
  • Gain an insight into how phonics is integrated into the curriculum
This quick course is designed to allow parents to feel included in their child’s phonic learning, by giving them a solid overview of the subject. It will allow parents to understand the building blocks of phonics learning to support reading and writing.

See what other students have said about this course:

“Really interesting course.great explanation of the vocabulary related to phonics.”

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Find out a bit more about me and what I cover in the course, to make sure it's the right course for you.

The language of phonics.

Phonics, phonemes and graphemes

Understand the terms phonics, graphemes and phonemes.

Clusters, digraphs and trigraphs

Understand the terms cluster, digraph and trigraph.

Vowels and consonants

Understand how vowels and consonants are referred to when describing the complexity of a word.

Vocabulary for reading and writing

Gain an understanding of the vocabulary used for reading and writing.


Pronounciation:an introduction

A guide to the pronouncing the 44 phonemes and handouts for further reference. 

Split digraphs

Split digraphs

A more in depth look at how split digraphs work.


Sound talk

Understand how to use sound talk to support phonic skills.

Putting sounds together

See how letters can be used to start to read first words.

High frequency and tricky words

Understand what high frequency/sight words are.


Magnetic letters

How to use magnetic letters for early writing skills.

First writing

How to support first writing attempts.

Dots. And dashes

Understand how the dots and dashes technique can support early reading and writing. 

Games and activities

A few activities to support phonics at home.

BONUS SECTION:Phonics in education

Phonics in the curriculum

Gain an awareness of the requirements of the curriculum in relation to Phonics.

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