The first letter tackled this week was the letter t sound, t for teeth. The children became aware there are other words associated with our body which start with this letter sound.
Tongue, two (hands), ten (fingers), ten toes and tummy. There are many other things which start with the sound t.
The children explored other objects starting with t through our magic windows game on the white board and also through the magic bag in class. These were tiger, tree, table, toys, t-rex, tortoise, tent, top, teddy bear, toothpaste and toothbrush.
It was pointed out that there are many words which start with the t sound. (Other words can be pointed out to them whilst flipping through a picture book at home or through the games mentioned below).
The jolly phonics story for the letter t sound is this.
Some children go to a tennis match. Each time the racket hits the ball, it makes a /t/ noise. The game is exciting. The people in the crowd turn their heads from side to side, watching the ball. The children go home and play tennis too, /t,t,t,t/.
Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter t sound
Jolly Phonic Action
The action done when saying the t sound is associated with the picture story above like all the other letter actions are. Turn your head from side to side, as if you are watching a tennis game and say /t,t,t,t/.
- Step 1 – Start at the top , go down
- Step 2 – And tail, lift pencil
- Step 3 – Go across from side to side.
Practice Ideas For Home
- You can place about 5 objects or pictures on the table, amongst which you have objects starting with the letter t
- Say the name of each object emphasizing and exaggerating the first letter sound of each object and ask your child if that object or picture starts with the letter sound t. This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they are not understanding as just what this means. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence 🙂