Children learn by play. Teaching your child phonics and phonemic awareness needn't be dull and uninteresting. From a very early age your child will begin to recognise the shape and sound of letters, and be able to sound and associate the correct words to pictures shown. Once your child has learnt the alphabet a whole new world of fun learning experiences opens up to him or her.
I devised this Letter Tile game which worked wonderfully for my children when they were younger and even before homeschooling, and who, after successfully "spelling" out simple (some Dolch)words with the letter tiles, pushed their own envelopes and sounded letters and words to pictures, thereby gaining awareness of more complex words and far advancing their initial knowledge. And the kids didn't even know they were learning!
It soon became apparent to the child that adding an "s" in most cases to the end of a word actually created "more than one..." - a plural.
The extent to which these word/picture cards can be used is limited only by your child's imagination.
Blank cards have been included to "make your own" :)