Phonics Fun – One of these things…Y

Hello everyone,

Here’s a game some of you may remember if you ever watched Sesame Street.  It’s a fun game and can be adapted in so many ways.  There are a lot of versions on YouTube which you can also use as more practise!  Today’s sound is the Y sound.  Remember to name each of the objects you collect, making sure that your child knows what it is and can identify and pronounce the sound.  This is especially true of the Y sound.  It’s a tricky sound for children to say.  They often say the ‘L’ sound instead, ever heard a child say ‘lellow’ for yellow?  Persevere, it takes time.

One of these Things

How to play- Find things that have the initial sound of the letter Y, anything you have that fills the criteria is perfect.  Remember it’s the sound you need to listen out for not the spelling.  Suggested items  – yellow, yolk, yak (maybe you have a long horned toy cow?), yam, yawn, yo-yo, yarn, yoghurt.  Also gather a few items which haven’t got the Y sound so that children can discriminate between the sounds.   Have a few items without the Y sound and one that has.  You may want to start with only 2 items (1 with the Y sound, 1 without) and build up to four or more objects as they become more familiar with the game and the sound.  Make the sound you’d like them to find and ask them to choose something with that beginning sound.  You can sing/say One of these things… if you like.   You can change the activities to use other sounds  to extend their learning or you could sound out the whole word for them to find and siblings can play too. As always, take your lead from them.

A few tips –  view it a few times, you’ll notice different things each time.  Make things work for you, use what you’ve got in the house, don’t feel obliged to buy resources.  Dip in and out of the games adding to your repertoire.  Change the game to include initial sounds we’ve used so far or use rhyming objects.  If it’s fun your child will want to play again and again!  Any questions about the pronunciation please check the Jolly Phonics and Oxford Owl sites or email.

Have fun and enjoy!

Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

Take care and stay safe, 

The Nursery & Reception Team