1. What is the Phonics approach?
- Phonics is the direct association of sounds to letters of any particular
2. I learnt to read without Phonics. Why should I send my child
for a Phonics reading course?
- Phonics help children to understand that letters are not random symbols.
They are combined in specific ways to communicate information
- However, Phonics is only one strategy used to teach reading. It should
be used in combination with sight-word recognition and contextual as well
as semantic cueing.
3. What differentiates STAR Phonics from other Phonics courses?
- Its a whole language approach. All 4 components
of language (reading, writing, speaking, listening) are developed from
experience with language through literature.
- Its use of music to introduce the sounds. Proven
to be the best way for children to remember. Phonics Zoo has won the 'Parent's
- Its use of phonemic awareness exercises to train
the linguistic ear.
- Its secondary emphases on vocabulary extension
- Its variety of reinforcing exercises.
4. Why does STAR Phonics not teach the sounds in an alphabetical
- The sounds can be put together (blended) from the earliest
stage to form words. Word blend exercises can thus be done early in the
- The sounds that are easily confused are not taught too
5. Some people say there are 44 or 46 sounds in the English Language.
Why does STAR Phonics only teach 43?
Even experts cannot come to a definite conclusion on the number of sounds
that exist in the English language. The disagreements are mainly in deciding
whether some dipthongs should be considered a sound on its own, or if they
are merely 2 monophthongs put together.
Nevertheless, the 43 sounds are adequate for beginning readers since the
discrepancies are no more than 4 in number.
6. What is the focal point of STAR Phonics?
- Word blend drills
- Children develop phonemic awareness in a systematic and progressive
- Individual sounds are 'blended together' to form words. Children
do this until they are able to do it independently.
- The literature selection
- Gives children a theme to help remember the sound
- Gives a context for the theme to be pursued
- Gives a springboard for some space creative thinking &
- Provides other linguistic input necessary for reading and comprehension.