Lachlan, my 4 year old child, has started recognizing some words using phonics. In all honesty, he learnt most of his ABC's from a toy bus with little A-Z buttons. When each button is pressed, it will tell you the letter and the sound it makes.
Today, we had a conversation that went like this:
Car starts with the letter "K", "kuh-kuh-kaarr..."
I said, no Lachie, C is for Car.
Mum, listen to this sound..... "kuh" for "kar".
I said, "C" for CAR, just like "C" for CAT.
No mum, Ceeee is for Snake. SSSss, Ssss, Ssnake. Ceee for snake.
No Lachie, "S" for SNAKE. Hissssss....
"S" mom, is for ES-ca-la-tor!
Better start using the books, I'd say.