Reading and language skills are some of the most important foundations for success in life. If you’re looking for ways to ensure that the children in your care have strong reading and language skills, these phonics lesson plans for preschool are the best place to start.
No More Guess Work in How to Teach Phonics
It’s difficult to overstate how important reading and language are. These skills are the foundation for a lifetime of success, so it’s only natural if you’re seeking out ways to make sure the little ones in your care are on solid ground.
But the internet is conflicted with ways to teach phonics to preschoolers. This post will show you a method of teaching letters or groups of letters without drilling flashcards and printable alphabet worksheets.
By the end of this 40 week program, your preschooler will be ready for learning to read, if she isn’t reading words already. It will be the foundation to your literacy based preschool program.
These preschool phonics lesson plans are just one component of our trusted and effective Daily Lessons in Preschool Literacy Curriculum. The full curriculum of lesson plans include:
How to Teach Phonics to Preschoolers
Phonics is the method of teaching reading and writing through explicit instruction of the code between speech sounds and written symbols. Individual speech sounds are called phonemes and the written symbols that represent those sounds are called phonograms. Together they make up the text we read aloud.
By far, the best way to teach phonics is systematically. In reading instruction, phonics is the understanding that there is a relationship between the letters of written language and the sounds of spoken language. Children who are taught phonics understand that letters are represented by specific sounds, and they can use this knowledge to sound out words.
There are many different systematic approaches that teachers can use, but they all share the same core focus on building and using the relationship between sounds and letter symbols. This relationship is essential for helping students decode new words, and it forms the foundation for all future reading instruction.
By deliberately and systematically focusing on this relationship, teachers can help their students become more proficient readers. In turn, these students will be better equipped to handle the challenges of reading comprehension.
It’s important for your preschooler to learn phonics in the early years for two main reasons.
1. Your child will know which letters to use when writing words.
2. Your child will be able to decode words never seen before.
The biggest advantage of using a systematic phonics program for preschool is that your child won’t need to memorize words in order to read them — not even so-called “sight words”.
The Daily Lessons in Phonics Preschool Lesson Plans Curriculum
Here’s the step-by-step overview of the learning sequence for teaching phonics to your preschoolers using my Daily Lessons in Preschool Phonics Curriculum.
You’ll get daily lesson plans that explain in detail exactly what to teach, when to teach, and how to teach these phonics skills to your preschoolers. It’s not an addition to any literacy program. It IS a systematic phonics program for preschoolers.
The daily alphabet routine reviews each letter that has already been introduced, so your preschooler gets a little bit of review every single day. This is a quick, catchy routine that preschoolers love because it is so fast-paced.
Introduction of a New Letter
This is new addition to our phonics lesson plans for preschoolers.
Introducing: Alphabet Friends!
These are large scale alphabet cards with an animal on each card that corresponds with the letter of the alphabet. On the backside of these cards is a quick story about the animal and a song featuring the new letter sound set to the tune of a familiar song. Additionally, Alphabet Friends also include hand motions, making learning new letters and sounds even more fun.
Practice the New Letter Using “And-Or” Daily Activities
Next in the lesson plans are different ways to practice the new letters. These activities require very little prep work and are designed to be taught using direct instruction in whole group, small group, or individual settings.
Each day of the week offers two activities that meet specific phonics learning targets. Teachers can choose to do both activities, or just select one activity. The activities vary slightly in difficulty so that teachers can choose the phonics activities for their preschoolers that will best target their instructional needs.
And every day of the week features two new and unique activities, thus offering teachers a total of thirteen teaching activities outside of the included printable phonics preschool centers.
Independent Practice with Weekly Supportive Literacy Centers
This preschool phonics curriculum includes forty weeks of no-prep phonics preschool lesson plans, which also include printable alphabet centers so preschoolers can independently practice their new skills.
These literacy centers are designed to be prepped once and then used again and again each week throughout the year.
Bonus! Review Week Activities!
With any curriculum that is designed to prepare a child to read, and lesson plans which offer systematic phonics instruction for preschool, it’s important to also have worksheets of informal assessments to gauge your preschooler’s learning throughout the year.
The Daily Lessons in Preschool Phonics Curriculum includes five pdf files to be used exclusively for review weeks, which are built into the curriculum every four weeks. Some items are games for preschoolers, and others are more worksheet-based so that they can also be used in preschool portfolios.
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Think your preschoolers will benefit from the Daily Lessons in Preschool Phonics Curriculum? Download a free sample below. But you won’t just get phonics. You’ll also get the following in the sample:
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.