Do try this at home...ideas for simple, quick phonic activities to do at home.
As we enter a new term of Little Stars Phonics lots of children will be coming for their first time to the class and beginning their interest in letters and sounds and some will be continuing with classes and building on their prior knowledge. I am in a similar position with my own child, who has just started to be introduced to sounds and phonics himself. In order to support the learning he does at Pre-School and when he attends Little Stars Phonics I thought it would be good to do some short activities at home to consolidate the learning but also to have fun with letters and sounds to maintain his interest and enthusiasm and hopefully instil a life long interest.
Each week we will do a few short, fun activities around the letter that he has learnt. These activities can be used for any letter so, if you’d like to try some, you can use the letter that your child has learnt at Little Stars Phonics. If you do try out some of these activities, or if you try different activities related to letters and sounds or improving fine and gross motor skills I’d love to see them so post them on Little Stars Phonics wall or tag me in the picture.
This week he had to take an object into pre-school starting with his letter of the week. Although this is a bit tricky for him to do himself I wanted him to be involved rather than me just handing him the object to take in. I collected a number of object beginning with his letter and a number of objects beginning with different letters. We then sorted the objects into ‘treasure’ (those beginning with his letter of the week) and rubbish (those not beginning with the letter) He found this fun and he then chose which item he wanted to take starting with his letter thus giving him a bit of ownership over the homework.
As well as hearing initial sounds the children need to be able to recognise the letter shapes. I purchased some magnetic letters and we searched to find his letter of the week. He really enjoyed testing which things the magnetic letters stuck too. This is now displayed on the fridge as a little reminder of the letter he now knows.
Over time the children need to be able to write letters themselves, as he is a pre-schooler whose pen control is still developing using pen and paper isn’t appropriate for him so we tried to draw his letter in a shallow tray of salt. I drew it and then he tried too. Even though it was tricky for him, making marks in the salt helped to improve his fine motor skills.