Another ride on the Phonics Bus! Go get the things you need for the ch sound. Introducing the ch digraph can be a tricky one for children to hear. They often confuse it with the tr sound as in train. Tree can often turn into chree. Make sure that you are very clear in your pronounciation and model whenever they use words with that sound.
This is also a great game to see how well things are embedding. As always, see what objects your child collects and how much help you’re giving. All it takes is practise!
Writing – Still not eager to do any mark making? Try writing in lentils. It’s a wonderful sensory experience and one that was recommended by someone in nursery, saying how well it works with her reluctant writer. Pasta shapes work well too. ‘Scribbling’ is an early form of writing and how children practice key movements such as the circles which helps when writing letters like a and c or lines they need to form to make letters like t or x. It’s also building up important muscles that they will need to use to form letters. It’s really important to value and encourage this step in their development.
How to play- Any toy vehicle will do. You could use a cereal/tissue box and decorate it to look like a bus. Find things that have the initial sound of the digraph ch anything you have that fills the criteria is perfect. You can extend this to include words which have the sound at the end or middle of the word. Remember it’s the sound you need to listen out for not the spelling. Suggested items – checker, chick, chicken, cheese, chilli, cherry, cheetah, chain, lunchbox, matches, kitchen, witch, wrench, bench, patch . 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. Put that sound ‘passenger’ on the bus. Say the little rhyme with the children. Phonics bus, phonics bus, who’s/what’s coming for a ride on/in the phonics bus?!
A few tips – view it a few times, you’ll notice different things each time. 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. 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