Phonics Check for Families

Here is a Phonics Check for Families that you can do at home with your child. To help you, here is a guide to how your child might pronounce the words.

  • Try to choose a time when your child is feeling happy and relaxed. It is important that your child feels good about their efforts in reading the words to you.
  • Let your child know that some of the words are real and some are made-up words. The made-up words are the names of the friendly monsters pictured next to the made-up words.
  • Make any comments or any questions you have on the pronunciation guide as your child reads the words. You can then take your observations in with you to discuss them with your child’s teacher.
  • Your child’s teacher will be able to talk about the different letter sounds and letter sound combinations your child has been learning in class. They will be able to tell you what you can expect your child to know and how you can help them improve their knowledge of sound letter relationships and reading at home. You might like to ask how you can better support your child to take the next step in reading.

You can also find some great ideas for supporting your child to read through phonics in the Literacy at home section.