As a mother of two adult girls, I know the importance of education. One of the important things to learn is reading. To help in this situation, phonics is a great contributor. When my girls were less than five years old, I would play with them using letter blocks (not blocks with letters on them, although these could be used, but blocks the actual shape of the letter). There were no vowels in these blocks. The girls would lay a line of the blocks out and I would pronounce it. For example, it they put the letters B, D, L, G down I would say buh, duh, luh, guh. I would emphasize that the actual sound would be determined by the vowel following. This was a way to start them learning. It became a game to them as they tried to make it more and more difficult for me. By doing this my girls learned their letters.
My older daughter knew we were at Kroger because she saw the big “k” and when we were visiting my parents and brother in California, she would walk along looking at license plates and say the letters. This was before the age of five. My younger daughter read answers from an upside down book and wrote a whole sentence instead of just one word that the teacher wanted. All this was done when she was in kindergarten.
When the girls started school, one of the problems that some of the children had was with “b” and “d”. These letters are often mixed up. The way that I helped with these goes back to a literacy training class. The letter “b” looks like a long tailed bird. It must be said this way because the tail comes first. Bird is used because it starts with the “b” sound. The letter “d” looks like a dish with a spoon. Once again, it must be stated this way because the dish comes first. Dish is used because of the “d” sound.