How to Properly Make Use of the Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Program
While it is true that the Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Program comes with instructions and such, there are still a few unwritten general guidelines you should aim to follow when using the Hooked on Phonics in order to educate your kids. I highly recommend that you take a few minutes reading this post as it may end up saving you some trouble later on.
Starting Things Off
Naturally, you will want to start your child on the first level of the Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Program, dedicated to learning letter sounds. Slowly go through the first steps of the program, and as your child becomes more and more skilled try combining letter sounds in order to already have your child practice reading parts of words.
You will know that your child has mastered this level of the system when he or she can fluently string together letter sounds as well as retain information related to them.
How to Go About the Second Hooked on Phonics Level
When it comes to level two, you will begin teaching word sounds and sound combinations to your child. You should start by practicing on very common items or extremely familiar words, such as names or everyday tools. A fun and effective learning technique is to walk around the room with your child, having them identify the first letter and syllable of everything they can.
As your child is learning, you can make have them try and find objects beginning with the same letters as the ones provided on the flash cards included in the package. Once your child has mastered individual syllables and word sounds, it is time to get him or her to read entire words based on the knowledge they acquired. Until your child can read independently, do not move onward to the third part.
Teaching the Third Level of the Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Program
The third level is dedicated to teaching your child ending sounds of words, as well as how sounds can be combined together. After having gone through the theoretical part of the process, ask your child to use their knowledge of the beginning of words and think about whether or not those sounds can come at the end. Have your child go through the reading material with their newly-acquired knowledge, and keep on working until your child can read simple stories fluently.
Going Through the Fourth Hooked on Phonics Level
Once your child can read fluently, it is time to move on to level four, dedicated to teaching about vowel sounds through flash cards, musical materials as well as hands-on activities. A very effective way of speeding up the process in this part is to have your child identify nearby household items that start or end with vowels.
While you are learning you can put into place a system where each time your child wants to use an item, he or she must name it and identify the vowels of the word out loud. Of course, don’t overdo this outside of your learning time as your child will grow very weary of it.
Mastering the Fifth Level of the Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Program
Finally, once your child is capable of reading the workbooks as well as reading books out loud, it is time to move on to the fifth level of the Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Program. This level is dedicated to the learning of additional sounds and combinations that can be made with them, teaching your child to read more difficult words and more detailed stories.
In order to help your child practice at this stage it would be wise to have them read things such as cooking instructions, assembly directions or even whatever they print on cereal boxes these days. Ideally, at this point your child should have progressed tremendously from when you first started as he or she should have very little to no problems reading new words. When your child is able to read texts aloud to other people, such as the family for example, then you will know that the fifth level has been mastered.
All in all, keep in mind that there is no one concrete, foolproof approach to teaching the Hooked on Phonics system; every child is different and will require as somewhat different approach in order to succeed. If you would like to know what I thought of this program in general, then I recommend you take a look at our Hooked on Phonics review.
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