Beginner Phonics for Parents and N.Q.T’s (Part 2)

Here is another fantastic phonics resource: Phoneme Pop. Again, it will be useful for those of you that are not familiar with phonetic pronunciations.

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Simply click on a level of your choice. You will be told which “phoneme” you are targeting. It’s “c” in the example below.

Jargon Buster: a phoneme is the smallest, distinct, unit of sound. Basically every letter sound in the alphabet

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Unfortunately, Phoneme Pop doesn’t follow the Jolly Phonics teaching order. It does, however, include digraphs.

Jargon Buster: Digraphs are actually pretty simple to understand. Thank of it this way: 2 letters that come together to make one sound.

Let’s look at this in greater detail, taking 2 “phonemes” (individual letter sounds)

  •  s  and h
  • The phoneme s makes a “ssss”sound as in snake
  • The phoneme h makes a “huh” sound as in hug
  • When these 2 letters are combined they make one sound “shhhhhhhh”e.g shop, ship, rush…. Sh is a digraph.

You can see that Digraphs are introduced from Set 3 on:

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Click here to play Phoneme Pop.

BHave fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂

Jolly Phonics Blending and Decoding, Group 1

I think that I could happily teach phonics all day long! It is definitely one of my absolute favourite things to do!!! I always get really excited when children are learning to blend and segment sounds into words.

For those of you who are not familiar with these terms “blending” is when we sound out a word using a continuous sound eg ccccaaaat= cat. Segmenting is the exact opposite. It the way by which we spell words.  We “chop” them up into their constituent sounds c…/a…/t… It is really important not to confuse the two and for children to be taught to use both blending and segmenting. They also need to know when to use each.

I have met lots of children who only know how to chop up/segment sounds. It is really, really hard to know what an unfamiliar word is when you read it in a robotic voice! When you s-t-r-e-t-c-h it out words are much easier to hear. This strategy will hence forth be known as “stretchy snake”!

Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 20.30.30You can read more about blending and print my Stretchy Snake poster by clicking here.

I have been busy creating a presentation of Group 1 Words for tomorrow. Group 1 Jolly Phonics words cover: s, a, t, i, p, n

I will open the PDF in Activeinspire. This means that I can get pupils to circle individual sound eg circle the “s”. We can also have lot of practice blending the sounds into words. I will use the same words with a blank page on my flip chart and have my class “sound talk” or use their robotic voice to segment/chop up the sounds in a word and I will write them.

Here are some images of the slides that you can download:

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Click here to download

I hope that you find these useful with your class or your child at home.

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂

Free Phonics Fun for Little Kids

Starfall.com is just a brilliant way for beginner readers to learn their sounds. I just love how easy it is to use. You just click on whatever sparkles. Cute! It is always really, really popular with Pre-schoolers and children who have just started school. It would also be useful for a slightly older child as a way to revise or to get some extra practice.

Click on the screenshot below to visit the site 🙂

Your child will learn:

  • to recognise the capital and lowercase form of each letter
  • it’s phonetic sound
  • to recognise what begins with that sound

Each time you click on the letter or the navigate button you will hear phonetic sound of that letter. This encourages quick and easy learning.

The illustrations are bright and cheerful to look at. There are games built in to the end of most of the lessons. It is also a great way to check that you are pronouncing your sounds correctly.  Check out my previous blog on the Top 7 problems when teaching phonics to learn a little more about this.

The only negative about this site is that pronunciations are American and can therefore be slightly different to Irish pronunciations. This is only the case for a small few letters, though, and it certainly hasn’t stopped me from using it.

Starfall also offers free ABC Printouts for each letter of the alphabet. They are of a really high quality and are great for writing practice too.

It is worth reading the bottom of each printout for more game and activity suggestions

Have fun 🙂