Teaching Phonics

Teach Your Child Phonics #01

I had such lovely feedback last week when I introduced the idea of teaching phonics to parents so they may help their child learn their sounds and eventually read and write. Some of you I know tuned in to watch me live! So exciting!

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This is the first in a series of posts and the aim is to get you started, give you food for thought and hopefully show you that it can be fun!

Phonemes

Something I have always done and found that children have always loved, is use the correct names for things. They are clever little beings and there is no need to dumb down. Now this all depends on what age you are starting this but G is almost 4 and knows the word phoneme. That is the correct way to describe the ‘sound’ letters make. The actual letter is called a Grapheme.

When teaching phonics we do not go in alphabetical order, instead we start with ‘m‘. Here are the first 15 phonemes with a description to help you make the sound.

NOTE- Some phonemes are long stretchy sounds and some are short bouncy sounds but they are all ‘pure’ meaning they are stripped from that awful ‘uh’ sound at the end. Also none are in capitals- children do not need to learn about those yet! 

mmmmmmm (as if you are rubbing a full belly)

aa a a  (short bouncy sound, not aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa).

ssssssssssss (hissing like a snake)

dd d d d (short boucny- trick here is not to open your mouth very wide at all- try not to add an uh after it!)

tt t t t (short bouncy, as with d, try not to say tuh)

ii i i (short bouncy)

nnnnnnnnnnn (long stretchy, like an aeroplane)

pp p p (short bouncy- a soft sound with no uh after it)

gg g g (short bouncy- quite a tricky one to avoid the uh but keeping your mouth as small as possible helps)

oo o o (short bouncy)

cc c c (short bouncy, keep your mouth as small as possible)

kexactly the same as above- they are different graphemes but are the same phonemes!

uu u u u (short bouncy and the only one allowed to be an uh! 🙂 )

bb b b b (short bouncy, another tricky one but keeping your mouth small helps)

ffffffffffffff (long stretchy, sounds like an airbed deflating!)

Ok so those are your first 15, all in set 1 of the ReadWrite phonics scheme that I am using. If you saw my scope on periscope last week you will see that I use the Read Write Inc. Flashcards they are just the best I think.

Games

Here are a few activities you can try with your little one to get them started on their phonics journey. Nothing too full on but all a great way of getting them listening or using their mouths to make sounds.

LISTENING WALK

We love nothing more than lying on a blanket in the garden and watching the clouds roll by. We also love listening to see what we can hear. This isn’t phonics related but it gets them discriminating between sounds. What can they hear? If yours are anything like mine then they will love doing this as you walk anywhere too- listen mummy, I can hear a bee! 

WHAT IS IN MY BOX?

Find a selection of noisy objects and place them in a box. Put your hand inside and make one of the objects make its noise. Can they tell you what it is?

I once did this on my interactive whiteboard- I downloaded lots of sounds and played each one to my class. When I played the sound of a phone ringing half the class didn’t know what it was!! I was shocked but soon realised that these days we either have music (I have Rhianna) or weird ringtones when our phones ring- some people have their phone on silent!! 

ANIMALS ON THE FARM

Get a selection of farm animals or find some in a book. Depending on the age of your child either describe the animal and they must find it and make the noise of the animal, or point to an animal and they must make the sound. The idea is to get them using their mouths to make different shapes and sounds.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

How often do you use musical instruments? Ours rarely come out of the box if I am honest and writing this makes me realise how awful that is! Why not get them out and sing favourite nursery rhymes. Can they join in and shake a tambourine? If they can develop the skill of shaking in time to the words then that will help with breaking down words to write further down the line.

READING

I will include this each and every week as it is by far the most important activity you can do with your child. It is said you should aim for a minimum of 5 books a day. We spread ours throughout the day but I know plenty of people who read them all at once. This can include listening to a story on a cd player or watching a story on cbeebies but I would limit those and focus on you doing the reading.

That is all today, keep an eye out for my live scope at 11am today (10th August) but I will be uploading a video to YouTube where I will be demonstrating the sounds- hearing them said correctly is much better than trying to read about them.

Next week I will introduce the next few sounds and we will take a look at the importance of rhyme and alliteration. 

See you there! 

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40 Comments

  • Reply
    Vickie
    August 10, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    This is brilliant Katy! Exactly what I need too as I am very confused by the idea of phonics but Bubs is at the age where she’s desperate to learn her ABCs and to read and write. I missed your Scope but I’m definitely going to watch your video as I can’t do a t or a d without the uh sound (completely hopeless me!).

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      Katy
      August 12, 2015 at 8:30 am

      That is great she wants to learn, that is when they learn best. I hope this will be really useful for you Vickie. x

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    You Baby Me Mummy
    August 10, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Such amazing information. I need to digest it all properly and try to put into action xx

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    Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    August 12, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Great ideas. Love the listening walk idea and the interactive whiteboard one. Will be pinching both for my early years classes 🙂

    #sharewithme

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      Katy
      August 12, 2015 at 8:18 am

      ah thank you 🙂

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    Lisa (Mummascribbles)
    August 12, 2015 at 8:19 am

    This is anazing Katy! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. I think I’m going to print this post out and put it into action! Love the idea of listening for sounds – I think Zach would love that! Thanks for hosting #kidscorner

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    Notmyyearoff
    August 12, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Oooh thank you for this, I have been trying to teach Z and making it up as I go along as I never did phonics at school!!

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    Mini Travellers
    August 12, 2015 at 8:31 am

    I am going to be truly terrible at this. I do know it is the way forward but I am really not sold on phonics. I need to get with the programme quickly #kidscorner

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    Emma's Mamma
    August 12, 2015 at 9:51 am

    This is great! Emma is still a bit too young but I’m definitely returning to these posts when she’s old enough. It reminds me of my voice training at drama school. We used to have to stride around the room pretending to be aeroplanes while making the different long sounds 🙂 x

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      Katy
      August 18, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      Haha I can imagine! I did the same in drama lessons at school! x

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    Chloe
    August 12, 2015 at 10:19 am

    This brilliant Katy! So helpful. You should definitely do more posts like this. We’re teaching Evie different sounds now and she’s starting to copy us which is great. But I’m definitely going to try this way. 🙂 xx

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      Katy
      August 18, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      I’ll have to get my teacher hat on and think of other things x

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    Unhinged Mummy (aka Janine Woods)
    August 12, 2015 at 10:20 am

    This is such a great post. So informative. Thank you so much for sharing this I’m definately going to give some of these ideas a try.

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      Katy
      August 18, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks hun x

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    Louise
    August 12, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Great advice on helping children learn phonics and I love the idea of lying in the garden and talking about what we can hear 🙂

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      Katy
      August 18, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      Such a simple one but great! x

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    Let kids be kids
    August 12, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Good ideas for games, we have always done lots of reading and listening to sounds.

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      Katy
      August 18, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks hun x

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    Claire
    August 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing. There are some lovely ideas here!

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      Katy
      August 18, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      No problem x

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    Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    August 12, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Wonderful tips here Katy! I’m so glad you are going to feature phonics! They are so important for kids with speech & language delay. We practice every day & I love your ideas to make it fun! I’ll stay tuned for the next chapter x #KidsCorner

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      Katy
      August 18, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks Becky xx

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    Mackenzie Glanville
    August 13, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    You have put a lot into this post, what a great way to help parents out. My kids are all at school now and use these ideas at their school, it was all so new to me when they started as we learnt so differently, really great post #kidscorner

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      Katy
      August 18, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      They change it so often it is hard to know what to do! x

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    Ali
    August 13, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    This is so useful! I really struggled with learning phonemes when my eldest started school – I wish I had this resource back then! I’ve shared on my FB page too 🙂

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      Katy
      August 18, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you so much! And thank you for sharing xx

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    Little Treasures
    August 14, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I love phonics! This is how I learned at school and remember my mum doing things like this with me. My little girl is learning phonics at nursery and comes hope singing ‘a a ants on my arm’ and all sorts but definitely using the 15 you have listed so now it makes sense! Great post! #kidscorner

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      Katy
      August 18, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      Glad it all makes sense, now you know where she got the ants from haha! x

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    Su
    August 14, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    This is great! I had no idea that you should aim for 5 books a day. I just read whenever Ethan feels like it, but I read about that amount of books or more for his story time before he goes to bed. Looking forward to watching your YouTube vdo. 🙂 #KidsCornor

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      Katy
      August 18, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      That is great if you are naturally getting through that many a day xx

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    Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)
    August 14, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Really interesting and will look into those cards. Love the sound of those games too ☺

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      Katy
      August 18, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      The cards are fab Caroline x

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    Jenny
    August 16, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    These are brilliant I have been trying to do them without the uh at the end it’s hard. hahah I sent the link to my hubby he is the better teacher between us made him have homework to learn now. lol haha Keep them coming. https://www.whatkatysaid.com/2015/08/teach-your-child-phonics-01/

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      Katy
      August 18, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      I will let you know when I’ve filmed the YouTube video as that will help xx

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    Bethany
    August 25, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Brilliant post, thanks for sharing. My 26 month old is a bit delayed with his speech. Look forward to your youtube video for this x

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      Katy
      August 25, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks Bethany, have finally got it on movie maker so will have it uploaded asap! x

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    Rhyming Mummy
    September 15, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    What a fantastic idea! I’m actually a teacher but I teach older ones and the order of letters and sounds is a big unknown to me! Phonics is so daunting to parents. I know you’ll be helping a huge number of people.

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      Katy
      September 18, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Thank you so much! That is exactly why I started it xx

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      Katy
      September 18, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Thank you so much! That is exactly why I started it xx

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