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FAQs

Here you’ll find the answers to some of the questions we’re most often asked about phonics.

Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write that involves breaking down each individual letter of the alphabet into the sound (phoneme) that it makes, rather than learning the name of each letter. By learning the letter sound, or phoneme, it’s easier for them to combine those individual sounds together to make simple words.  Find out more about the benefits of phonics here.

Our standard age range is 2 – 5 years. 

Absolutely! Our classes are high energy, and contain lots of dancing, singing, playing and crafting. Our programme has been carefully crafted by teachers, based around the science of how very young children learn.  Each section is short, and the class is fast-paced to keep little learners engaged – and, most importantly, having fun!

There are lots of studies that show that many pre-school children do not have enough dexterity in their hands and arms to hold a pencil or pen comfortably by the time they start primary school.  This isn’t anybody’s fault, but simply because some children prefer to play with large toys such as cars, or running around with a football, and so have very little practice playing with the small, more fiddly toys that help build those little muscles.  A dough disco is a great fine motor skill workout whilst being lots of fun (and let’s face, it who doesn’t love playdough?)!

At Phonics Bear, we use lots of different methods to introduce toddlers & pre-school children to making their own marks – including lots of sensory mark-making in lots of things with different textures, such as salt & rice.  This often helps children to build both their enjoyment of mark-making and their confidence, so they feel ready to try it more and more.

Don’t worry, we know that all children are different and that some may not participate for the full duration of the class. Some children are auditory learners (meaning they learn through listening), some are visual learners (preferring to see things, rather than listen to them), and others are kinaesthetic learners (meaning they learn through moving around), and there’s something for everyone in every Phonics Bear class.  Plus you can subscribe to our mailing list to receive some lovely free resources and games you can try with your little one at home and carry on the fun!

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