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Fun Phonics

Research has proven time and time again, children learn best through play and they recall well with frequent revision. Fun phonics is a free fun reading game based on fast-paced play with frequent revision as a basis. Children don't even realize they're learning to read.

For important information on how to best help your child learn to read scroll down.


Did you know that in English the letters are largely formed using just four basic elements:

ovals, sticks, bumps (or curves) and a few have hooks (or tails).


Look at the following letters to see what I mean.

  • You can see ovals in a b d g o p q.

  • You can find sticks in b d f h i j k l m n p q r t u v w x y z

  • You can find bumps in h m n r u w y (either bumps or upside down bumps (which we could call cups)

  • And there are hooks (or tails) in f g j q y

  • Some have part ovals such as c e k r s

  • And some letters have slight variations: These being a g and k


It can be useful prior to commencing this phonics program to draw your child's attention to the different elements found in text.

A great place to start is with your child's own name.


If you write your child's name in largish letters you can get your child to trace over the shapes in their name with their fingers or a pencil. Identify the bumps, curves, ovals and sticks they have in their name. Explain that everyone's name is made up of the same basic elements (or parts) but the order and the frequency (amount) is different.

Starting Position




Instructions for Learning Individual Sounds or Phonics


Did you know that in English our language is based on 26 letters which produce in total 44 sounds (phonemes,) some of which are produced by a single letter and some produced by combined letters (digraphs.)

I've included some letter cards of the alphabet in the links below which you can copy and cut into squares. I suggest you use them for my simple modified game of snap to practise your children's sounds with them. Your children will have fun, and you'll find revising their sounds with them much more enjoyable than you might, by just reading them out.

N.B. It's important to realize that we are first trying to identify the sound a letter makes rather than the name of that letter. For example A cow is called a cow but it says 'Moo' and you can use this explanation with your child so they understand the difference between the name of a letter and the sound it makes.


It's the sound a letter makes that helps your child read. For example saying letter names C (See) A (Ay) T (Tee) does not help a child sound out c  a  t.

​​This information provides the building blocks of reading and along with sight recognition of high frequency words (covered in the Fun Reading Game Section) it can help make your child's word attack skills higher and therefore they learn to read faster because they have all the information they need to be able to do it.

I suggest you work through the sections (linked below) beginning with single sounds lower case.

Fun Phonics Game

Click Links Below

Single Sounds
Beginning Combinations
Single Sounds Capitals
Complex Combinations
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Additional links below How to Best Read a Book on the Best Parenting Advice.com is very useful to help identify reading and writing conventions such as: left to right, top to bottom, return sweep, completely finishing the text on one page before progressing to the next, how to read broken text, the use of capital letters, question marks, exclamation marks and full stops which can be taught incidentally to your child while reading them a book.

How to Best Read a Book
Parent reading a book
Loving Reading
A young girl who loves to read
Why Introduce Text Early
Young girls reading
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There are also games on Best Parenting Advice.com that work on building a sight word vocabulary.


For more information go to  FREE FUN READING GAMES below:

Level 1: Snapping Turtles Game
Level 2: Crunch Crocodile Game
Level 3: Micey Dicey Game
Level 4: Lion Dancing Game
Level 5: Iranaconda Game
Level 6: I Can Toucan Game
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The best parenting advice regarding creating engaged learners is to make learning as much fun as possible. That's why games work best to revise new information. Children practise skills over and over in play situations, yet aren't even aware they're doing it. Best parenting advice.com provides many examples of quick and easy games to help develop both early reading and maths skills.


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