You’ve made the leap and decided to homeschool your child. Congratulations! Now you have the important task of building strong literacy foundations with phonics. Here’s what you need to know in order to homeschool with Phonics Hero.
This article is not for those who just want to support their child’s in-school learning at home, but for those who are taking on the role of teacher and teaching their child. If you want to give a little extra support, we recommend you sign up for a 7-day trial of the Phonics Hero games for your child.
We use systematic, synthetic phonics to help you teach your child how to read and spell. You need to get your head around what makes this different to how you were taught to read (hint: it’s much more structured!). Although I made this ten-minute video explaining it with teachers in mind, it’s pretty easy to understand and worth the watch:
You should also read my other blog post: The Parents Phonics Presentation You Need which explores 8 key things parents need to know about synthetic phonics.
Our Homeschool Phonics Package is designed to show you how to homeschool with Phonics Hero. It gives you all the tools you need for teaching and the resources for your child to practise what they’ve been taught.
Our Homeschool Phonics Package includes:
All for just US$90*, a saving of US$38!
*Although you will be charged in USD, for ease of reference this price (at time of writing) equates to approximately: US$90 = AU$127 / HK$738 / £74
If your child is new to reading and spelling, level 1 is the place to start. If they’ve already started to learn to read and spell, you can use our Placement Test or do your own mini-assessment. Take a look at our order of sounds. If you are in Australia or Hong Kong use the Playing with Sounds order, otherwise use the Letters and Sounds order. Ask your child to read each of the example words; after there are three errors, stop – this is your starting point in Phonics Hero.
Each morning (when brains are fresh and – for grown-ups – the coffee has kicked in!) spend 15-20 minutes teaching your child, one-to-one. You will want to follow our great Phonics Lesson structure and work through these steps:
‘But how do I actually teach it?’ I hear you cry! Panic not! Phonics Hero has it all sorted with our Phonics Lessons. We’ve jam-packed our interactive lessons with everything you need to structure and run your phonics lesson. Have a watch as I demonstrate with my daughter:
It’s worth spending 30 minutes on some ‘teacher training’ with our guided tours of the lessons so you understand every button included.
Your end goal is to cover all four phonics skills on each level:
Only move onto the next skill when your child is achieving around 80% accuracy – otherwise you are throwing them in the phonics deep end!
Now it’s time to practise, practise, practise what you’ve taught them. You might do this after your explicit phonics lesson (or later in day if your little one needs a break). Here’s how:
Once you start teaching your child with synthetic phonics you’ll find it hard to believe anyone uses any other method – it’s so easy. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions; we are here to help. Good luck!