Phonics Fun – Ring game – th

Hello everyone,

A new week and another new game!  We’re looking at a brand new sound too, the th sound.   Introducing the th digraph can be a tricky one for children to hear.  They often don’t reproduce the sound clearly, it may sound like a ‘t’ or a ‘f’ sound instead.  Make sure that you are very clear in your pronounciation and model whenever possible.  This is another game to help distinguish one sound from others.  If you notice that your little one is confusing this sound with another it’s a perfect opportunity for you to give them the practice to discriminate between some very subtle pronounciations.  It’s a fun sound for children to make as it’s the only time you’re allowed to stick your tongue out at school!  Over emphasising the sound really helps to heighten their awareness.

Writing –  Hopefully there’s plenty of snow around for them to practise their writing.  If not, pretend and get that cheap, cheap, cheap shaving foam (70p from a large local supermarket but there’s probably cheaper out there!) and let them make circles, lines, shapes, and of course letters in the foam.  It’s excellent as a fine motor activity and will really strengthen those writing muscles.  Children are not expected to do formal writing until Reception anytime they pick up a pencil/chalk, etc is a bonus at this age and stage of development.

The Ring Game

How to play- Hula hoops are ideal but a piece of long string cut in two will do nicely.  Make two circles from the string and you can put the digraphs that you’re looking for into the circle to make it clear which sound they’re looking for.  Find things that have the initial sound, then medial (middle) sound and  finally, the end sound of the word.   Anything you have that fills the criteria is perfect, if you’re sticking your tongue out when you say the word, it works.   Remember this sound is very subtle,  you may be making only a very  quiet th sound as in feather.   Suggested items  – thimble, feather, thumb,  something thick,  something thin, three, throat, cloth, teeth.  Name each of the objects, making sure that your child knows what it is and can identify and pronounce the sound.  Lay out the items you’ve gathered so that your child can clearly see them.  Making the sound you’d like them to find, ask your child to choose something with that sound.  Put that sound in the correct ring.

A few tips –  view it a few times, you’ll notice different things each time.  This is kind of sorting also supports them mathematical development so you can use this in a variety of ways.  Modify to 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.   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