I have been busy testing my new class to see how many letter sounds they remember from Junior Infants. It ‘s a mammoth task but very worth while. I created these cute and incredibly useful sheets for easy testing. Please click here to download both. I laminated them and punched them so they can be kept in my ring binder for ease of use.
Incidentally, the sound sequence matches the letter sound introduction pattern used by Jolly Phonics.
I thought that it was about time that I created a recording sheet to directly correspond with it. I have added some explanations to the image below to help you use the sheet to it’s full potential. These obviously will not appear on your copy!
So here we go: click here to download
I prefer to tick only the unknown when testing children. It makes it so much easier to read scores at a glance. It also allows you to concentrate more acutely on the child and to document the difficulties that he/she has or the incorrect responses made. It is also easier on the hand when you have lots and lots of children to test .
I will be creating similar test sheets for digraphs over the coming weeks. I think that these sheets are equally useful for parents and teachers. We both have to keep track of how well children are doing and to figure out what sounds to practice that day. By the way, only revise/teach 3 sounds at a time regardless of how many your child did not know. If possible separate out the teaching of those that they reversed eg b and d.
How do you keep track of scores? Have you any clever tips that you could share with us?
p.s The graphics are by DJInkers and the fonts by kevinandamanda.com
I made this cute sheet to use during my 5 a-day reading lesson. You can read more about this on my Fruity Labels for Daily Readers post. It encourages children to hunt for and recognise digraphs in books that they are reading and is a good compliment to my Dainty Digraph Quilt activity. I ask my class to read their book twice. The first time is for the enjoyment of the story and the second time is to find as many Monster digraph words as they can and to write these words into the correct column. I made a double sided sheet for my class which meant that they were looking for lots of different digraphs. You could hand out just one sheet and have them complete that. Then you could save the other sheet for another day . Click here to download both sheets.
Clipart by DJInkers
This sheet would be useful at home or in school . The digraphs used as from the Jolly Phonics programme , but would compliment any phonics instruction. It would be a great “busy bee” activity sheet for earlier finishers too!
I have already used this sheet with my class and it got a thumbs up for cuteness! I hope that you have the same happy response
I was inspired to make this cute quilt by http://www.fantasticfirstgrade.com. Mrs. Oakes has a cute quilt for sight words. I wanted to make one to compliment our Jolly Phonics programme. My kids are OBSESSED with finding digraphs in every word they meet either on a worksheet or as I write stuff on the white board. I sometime think that they have a secret competition to be the first to spot them outside of English class! So if you can’t beat them, join them…
I have created two different quilts. The shorter one covers the basic Jolly Phonics Digraphs and the longer one includes some advance digraphs such as the magic e.
Click here to download the advanced sheet which includes “magic e”.
Click here to download the easy sheet
These sheet is perfect for both home and school use!
They work great with any reader your child brings home to read or with a book that you have chosen to read together. If you want to know more about choosing a book for your child to read this might be useful http://missmernagh.com/2011/02/16/how-do-i-pick-a-book-that-my-child-can-read/
I will be using my as part of our ” 5 a day programme”. Click on the link to find out more about this http://missmernagh.com/2011/02/28/fruity-labels-for-daily-class-readers/