Ring Around the Phonics



Everyone can enjoy a life of reading with the help of our teaching tips for home school teachers.

As the makers of Home School Reading Program Ring Around the Phonics, a board game, we have lots of tips for helping home school teachers teach reading and phonics.

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Your child must be emotionally and mentally ready to learn.
First, it is very important that your home school child be emotionally and mentally ready to learn letter sounds. If he or she is excited about playing the Home School Reading Program Ring Around the Phonics and enjoys playing, then the student is ready to learn phonics. If the child is resistant to playing Home School Reading Program Ring Around the Phonics, despite your best efforts to excite them, then put the game up and try again in a month or two. Home School Reading Program Ring Around the Phonics is meant to be fun, so be patient with them and wait until they are excited to play.

Nurture your child’s natural drive to learn.
Each child has a natural drive to learn. Our main goal is to nurture this. That is why we have created a fun way to learn phonics. Each child is an individual. Adjust to his or her own learning schedule, not one that has been mandated for them.

Play the game once or twice a day.
If your child is ready, you will ideally playHome School Reading Program, Ring Around the Phonics at least once or twice a day. You will of course skip some days, but remember, consistency is the key.

Play the game as a family.
Play Ring Around the Phonics as a family as often as possible. This can be a great bonding time for everyone.

Praise your child often!
While playingRing Around the Phonics, remember, to praise often. If the child makes a mistake or can’t remember an answer, let them know it’s all right and that you are still proud of them. Then give them the correct answer. Loving touches may also be encouraging, like squeezing the shoulder or a pat on the back. When the child answers correctly praise them with a “good job”, “way to go”! A round of applause may also be in order.

Make an event of their accomplishments.
Once a student has mastered enough letters to read one of the books, make an event of it. This is a big deal! Have a special snack or do something special to celebrate. He or she will still need your guidance, so be patient until they figure out how to blend all of the sounds they have learned.

Practice the same book several times.
You should still be playing Ring Around the Phonics, and adding new letters until all the letters are mastered.

Allow your child to play for as long as he or she likes.
Some children may still want to play even after all of the sounds have been mastered. This is good. Allow them to play as long as they like.

Do not push your child to read.
If your child enjoys the game but, doesn’t seem to enjoy reading books, don’t panic! This is very common. Some children aren’t ready to read until they are older. I have a personal experience with this. My son, then five, loved this game. He learned all his basic letter sounds playing this very game, but he had no desire to read books. I encouraged him but, due to some excellent advice, did not push him to read. I did however, read to him daily. Reading time was always a pleasant experience for him. Since he knew most of the phonics rules already, we were able to play many games sounding out words on signs and billboards. He could sound out very large words like “premium” or “regular” (at the gas station of course). He was still building his skills, just not reading books. He is now eight and this year he has shown a strong interest in reading. He has also jumped several reading levels in just six months. Most importantly, he enjoys reading. He loves his reading time at night and reads several times on his own during the day.

If pushed, a child may learn to dislike reading altogether. If you can be patient and let the child learn to read when he or she shows a desire, the child will develop a life long love of reading. Since they have played the game and mastered the basic phonics sounds, they have all the skills on hand when they are ready to read books.

Whether or not you try this approach, we are certain your child will enjoy learning phonics while he or she plays this game. We hope you and your children enjoy the journey, and a life long love of reading.

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