Letter h was the first letter we tackled during the week which goes hand in hand with the hat the witch wears in The Room on The Broom h– hat. Here is a little game you can play with the children at home.
- First say the story – Harriet the Witch is flying on her broom high up in the sky; she has orange hair, a hat on her head, a pet hen and lives in a house at the top of a h
- Emphasize the h sounds as you go along.
- Then ask your child so what can you see which starts with h.
- Point to the objects if they do not associate picture to sound as yet.
We also mentioned other words which start with h. We then moved on to other objects starting with h, such as hill, hand, hair, hedgehog, hot, horse, heart and helicopter.
Some of these words are found in the jolly phonics picture story below. We also mentioned the two Hailey’s we have in class.
The jolly phonics story for the letter h sound is this.
It is the school’s summer fun day. Some children are in the hopping race. It is a hot day and by the time they have finished, the children are huffing and puffing, saying, /h,h,h,h/.
Action of the letter h sound
The action done when saying the h sound is associated with the picture story like all the other letter actions are. Hold up your hand in front of your mouth and pretend to pant, saying h,h,h.
Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter h sound
- Step 1 – Start at the top , go down
- Step 2 – A small bounce up
- Step 3 – Tunnel
- Step 4 – And tail
Practice Ideas For Home
- You can play the game above or choose other pictures and use the same concept.
- You can practice the letter formation by using a white board and colourful washable markers using the steps above.
- You can place about 5 objects or pictures on the table, amongst which you have objects starting with the letter h sound.
- Look for things around you which start with the h. 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 h. This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they are not understanding as yet what this means. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence 🙂