At some point you will probably see the light bulb come on when he gets the "system". It will be exciting for both of you. Just remember, it is not unusual for a six year old, and especially a boy, to struggle with phonics (and handwriting, and some other "school type" things).Laura M wrote:My second son who is 6 doesn't seem to be getting the phonics down. When l review with him, the basic short and long vowels, and he only remembers half of them.
Should I stop progressing in that area and go back and review with him??? Are most kids suppose to be reading all the words on the workbook sheets without much help by now?
I was thinking about just supplementing. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!!!
You might try different activities, and see what seems to work best. What does he enjoy? Throw letters out on the floor, and have him find the matching sound that you give. Use tactile things to let him "feel" the letter as you make the sounds. Stick with one word examples for each sound (apple, apron, etc) and use those consistently to show the sound. Sing songs, and act silly... sing the alphabet phonetically, instead of by letter name. It takes some practice, but is fun.
It is kind of like making the abstract concept of numbers more concrete. By using things, you are trying to make letters more concrete by linking the letter to its sound(s).
Well, this is a lot of rambling, but maybe there is something of use in there somewhere. :)