There are 26 letters in the English alphabet, but 42 main sounds. Spelling and reading is easier accomplished, when the letter sounds are applied rather than trying to memorise the word as a whole.
Therefore, children should learned letter sound first to help them blend or put the sounds together to form words. Names of each letter can follow up later.
A linguist can better differentiate the short and long vowel, and the long and short sounds made by certain digraphs (sounds written with two letters), such as oo and th. I am also yet to master this later stage of the phonics.
By the way, on a similar note, the Jolly Phonics team is back in action again, at the same hotel in Kuala Lumpur, with similar one-day courses. So, if you are interested, contact Ros/Cynthia at:
Extrazeal (M) Sdn Bhd, Registration Dept, 88 Jalan SS 24/2, Taman Megah, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor D.Ehsan, Malaysia.
(T) 603-7880 0118/0119 (F) 603-7880 0128 E-mail: email@example.com