It’s the start of a new week and we have a new game for you! This is a fun initial sound game (everything has the same beginning sound). With a little bit of practice they can play with their older siblings or independently. It’s also a game that requires a few household items that are easily found so again, there will be a lot of opportunities for independent play.
There are also a lot of opportunities to check if they understand the sound. You can see what objects they collect and how much you might have to lead them in the right direction. The W sound is a very subtle sound so it can easily be mixed up, keep trying if your child gets muddled. All it takes is practise!
How to play- If you’ve got something that you could use as the ‘cauldron or pot’, fantastic, anything will do, even an old bucket. We used a spoon too but a stick will do. Find things that have the initial sound of the letter W, anything you have that fills the criteria is perfect. Remember it’s the sound you need to listen out for not the spelling so items like a wheel would be perfect. Suggested items – wellies, watermelon, wig, whale, whale, window, wagon (from a duplo set), wax (candle), watch, witch. Remember to 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 beginning sound. Add that to the soup and stir. There’s a little rhyme the children could say too. Silly Soup, Silly Soup, we’re making soup that’s silly. We’ll put it in the fridge to make it nice and chilly! You can change the activities to sound out the whole word so that your child can extend their learning and older children can play too. Take your lead from your them.
A few tips – view it a few times, you’ll notice different things each time. Have fun, if it’s a chore you won’t do it and learning simply won’t happen. 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. There will be last week’s initial sounds they can choose from or you could change it to have only rhyming things go into the pot. 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. https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/learn-to-read-phonics/
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