Term 1 Week 8 – Letter r

The second letter for this week was letter r.  As you know from one of the topic work blogs we discussed recycling, thus letter r.

We also discussed other words which start with the r sound.  These are some words we came up with: rabbit, rain, red, road, roses, rocking horse, racket, river and ring.

I suggest that when you go through these words with your children show them pictures of the items on the internet and also write the word on a piece of paper highlighting the first letter.  This helps them understand the first letter sounds better.

A boy is in his room, playing with his dog Ralph.  The boy is pulling the old rug that the dog plays with saying, /r,r,r,r/.

Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter r Sound

The children pretend to have a rug in their mouth just like Ralph the dog, moving their head from side to side saying /r,r,r/.


  • Step 1 – Start at the top
  • Step 2 – go down
  • Step 3 – Bounce up
  • Step 4 – and Nod

r formation

The children practiced the formation of this letter using the usual rainbow technique in their literacy scrapbook.  They also coloured in a recycling sign green and stuck recycled green paper inside it.

They also created a rocket using recycled cardboard and other scraps of coloured paper.  This linked recycling to taking care of our planet.  They played with the rockets for a while pretending to be astronauts and flying in space and then we hung them outside our class.

The children were so interested that I showed them a couple of videos of how astronauts do some every day chores in outer space like washing their hair and brushing their teeth.


Practice Ideas For Home

  • 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 r sound.
  • 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 r. This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they are not understanding at first what this means.  Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence

We also revised the letters we did so far from the second jolly phonic group by playing a recycling game each item to recycle started with one of the letter such as c-car toy, k-key, h-hat, money, egg and dinosaur toy.



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