Forums  •  Classifieds  •  Events  •  Directory

 

Any comment for Hooked on Phonics?

  1. #1
    BonnieChan is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Hong Kong
    Posts
    3

    Any comment for Hooked on Phonics?

    Just let my little girl to join a course in Parsons Musical Center.

    Any comment for Hooked on Phonics?

  2. #2
    nicolejoy's Avatar
    nicolejoy is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    North Point
    Posts
    1,751
    I'm a teacher for Parsons Hooked on Phonics. Which centre is your daughter at?

  3. #3
    nicolejoy's Avatar
    nicolejoy is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    North Point
    Posts
    1,751
    Oh - and obviously, since I'm a teacher for it, I do believe in the course. However I think it can be extremely good for some children and not AS good for others.

    a) I think THIS course is better when the child can already speak at least basic English. The course is very reading focused - and so if the child has NOOOO English base, it can be much harder for them. I have taught children like this - some of them can work through it and do pretty well, others of them struggle and then are pretty naughty because they don't even understand what's going on.
    b) I think this course isn't the BEST for REALLY young kids. Some parents enroll their kids when they are only a year old. It's really hard to teach then because the kids aren't really "mature enough" for it.

    Probably with those two things considered, I think this course is GREAT for kids - both Chinese kids and native speakers. It primarily is developed to help to learn them read/write/spell - but it also helps with spoken English, grammar (depending on the way the teacher teaches and the level of the class) and it is a FUN course too!

    Any course has it's weaknesses and strengths - and if you have ANY questions, feel free to ask! I've been teaching the Hooked on Phonics course in Hong Kong for a year and a half, and I've been teaching at Parsons since they recently opened classes!!

  4. #4
    AforApple is offline Banned
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Kennedy Town
    Posts
    55
    I really enjoy the Hooked on Phonics series. As a previous teaching consultant who uses the program and as a mother who has a son who is doing it now at kindy ...all I can say is that it really focusses on your child's understanding of letter and the sound they make and then their reading from the basic to the more advance.

    A good age to start is 4 for the Hooked on Phonics program. Quite cheap to buy from amazon or the scholastic book club and you could do it at home also as reinforcement...comes complete with audio CD, exercise book and story books (and more).

  5. #5
    nicolejoy's Avatar
    nicolejoy is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    North Point
    Posts
    1,751
    I think that you can even start at age 2 - 3 for the "Letter Names" box, 3-4 for "Letter Sounds"... of course there are LOTS of whiz kids in Hong Kong. I've taught a 4 or 5 year old who was on the 2nd grade level, recommended for ages 7-8!! (and that recommendation is for native speakers, not as a 2nd language!!)

  6. #6
    BonnieChan is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Hong Kong
    Posts
    3
    Hi Nicolejoy & AforApple,

    Thanks for your replies.

    My girl will join the class for "Letter Names" box and her 1st class will be on tomorrow. hope she enjoys the class.

    The class is at Tuen Mun Center.

  7. #7
    Tracy Chan is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    San Po Kong
    Posts
    1

    Do you work as a private tutor for my daughters in age5 & 7?

    Hi Nicolejoy,
    I am a mother of two daughters and I am looking for a private tutor to teach my kids on phonics. If you interested in the job, could we discuss the details through email? My personal email address is [email protected].
    Thanks & Regards,
    Tracy

    Quote Originally Posted by nicolejoy View Post
    Oh - and obviously, since I'm a teacher for it, I do believe in the course. However I think it can be extremely good for some children and not AS good for others.

    a) I think THIS course is better when the child can already speak at least basic English. The course is very reading focused - and so if the child has NOOOO English base, it can be much harder for them. I have taught children like this - some of them can work through it and do pretty well, others of them struggle and then are pretty naughty because they don't even understand what's going on.
    b) I think this course isn't the BEST for REALLY young kids. Some parents enroll their kids when they are only a year old. It's really hard to teach then because the kids aren't really "mature enough" for it.

    Probably with those two things considered, I think this course is GREAT for kids - both Chinese kids and native speakers. It primarily is developed to help to learn them read/write/spell - but it also helps with spoken English, grammar (depending on the way the teacher teaches and the level of the class) and it is a FUN course too!

    Any course has it's weaknesses and strengths - and if you have ANY questions, feel free to ask! I've been teaching the Hooked on Phonics course in Hong Kong for a year and a half, and I've been teaching at Parsons since they recently opened classes!!

Similar Threads

  1. Hooked on Phonics
    By hannahchan in forum Education
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 06-26-2007, 02:40 PM
  2. Phonics
    By hkrcac in forum Education
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 05-08-2007, 12:13 PM
  3. Any comment on Montessori School
    By Morris in forum Education
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 08-08-2005, 10:46 PM
  4. Any comment on LETTERLAND & JOLLY phonics?
    By vsv in forum Education
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 06-03-2004, 11:27 PM
  5. Any comment on HK Academy K
    By Morris in forum Education
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-10-2004, 11:24 PM
Scroll to top