Looking back I’m not sure how this happened, but somehow I got through college without actually learning phonics rules. Hold on, hold on! I know how to read and I know letter sounds but as far as actual “rules” that I could tell my students…I was lost. And I know I’m not the only one. I’ve had other coworkers with the same issue coming straight out of college. This post is for those of you that have found yourself in the same boat as me.
Here are some of the basics as far as rules and terminology that I frantically had to catch up on “in the field” as they say:
Of course there’s more to know about phonics but this will keep you from looking like a complete idiot in front of more experienced colleagues (as I’m sure I did) and it might help you understand what your reading series teacher’s guide is talking about.
Ready for more? Check out my Crash Course in Phonics – Part 2
Here are some items from my TpT store if you’re looking for some more support with phonics:
Also see my Crash Course in Phonics, part 2!