Do try this at home…some quick and simple ideas that you might want to try at home to support your child with phonics at home. I am doing some activities with my son to reinforce the phonics he learns at pre-school and Little Stars Phonics. This week was all about ‘b’ for us but the ideas in the blog can be adapted for any letter. If you do any of the activities or if you have some suggestions that I could see, tag me - Alex Burnside - on facebook or post it on my wall.
My son is less than keen to sit down and do phonic activities at a table so to cater for this we went outside and took advantage of the warm weather. We found activities beginning with b that we could do in the garden – so did some bouncing on the trampoline. We then added balls and bounced in balls talking about how bouncing and balls started with b. We then found a bat and played bat and ball again talking about b for bat. Super simple fun activity which helped reinforce the b sound while also strengthening gross motor skills which will help with writing.
It is important that children know what each letter looks like. To do this, I chalked a number of different letters on the garden fence and he had to use the use the water pistol and spray the letter b. He LOVED this activity and wanted to do it again and again.
The final activity for us this week was a letter hunt. His name started with B so we went hunting for the start of his name. This was a bit tricky for him and he needed quite a bit of prompting although enjoyed spotting it in the road for the BUS STOP. A letter hunt doesn’t have to take place outside but you could spot specific letters in books or magazines.