Keep Phonics Fun
Learning to read can be tricky. Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them to read and write.
It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.
Once a child understands what sound is linked to a letter they can then begin to blend them together in order to read or spell a word.
With a little creativity teaching and learning phonics can be fun, by keeping the whole process fun it will help the child to become engaged more. Phonics can be educational and fun.
There are lots of ways to keep phonics fun and different including
- Hunting for letters
- Using magnetic letters to form words
- Using bricks to make words
- Bury letters or items in sand or rice
- Use a paintbrush and water outside on the pavement to write down letters and words
- Unlocking phonics sounds with a padlock and key
- Matching the beginning sounds to items
- Silly soup
- Sorting baskets – each basket represents a sound. Place objects into the correct basket
What is Fishing for Phonics?
Fishing for phonics can be done in many ways:
You can hide items or letters in a water tray and children can use a net to fish them out.
Print out letters or pictures and place a paperclip on them. The child can use a piece of string with a magnet attached to the end.
Or you can use the Fishing Game
Place the sounds or words that the child is working on on the underneath of a fish.
And just as you would play the game normally, using a rod, catch the fish. When you catch a fish the child has to say the word or sound that they have caught. If they get it wrong, correct them and then place it back in the game to be caught again.
If they are catching words, then ask the child to put the word into a sentence. This helps them to retain the information of what they have learnt.
This game also teaches children about turn taking and helps to develop their fine motor skills.
This game can be differentiated depending on what the learning objective is. It can also be used to teach number bonds or times tables.