Term 2 Week 1 – Letter j

The second letter for term 2 week 1 was letter j – jaguar.  The jaguar is another animal which has a pattern on its body as I blogged in the previous topic work section.

As usual the children were enthusiastic to try and come up with words which start with the j sound.  The words like jump, jacket, juice, jeans, jam, jelly,  jewel, jaguar, jug and juggle are the words that they came up with based on the jolly phonic picture story below as well as thinking whilst just listening to the letter sound.

They also mentioned a few children in class and people they know whose names start with this letter: Jake, Joshua, Julian, Jean, Jeanmarie, Jessica and James.

They also played games on the white board such as the magic window game.

The children also followed the Jolly phonics story for the letter j sound:

A mummy and her daughter are making some jelly.  When it is read they tip it onto a plate.  The jelly is tall and red and has four layers.  As they carry it to the table it wobbles and wobbles.  The girl laughs and pretends to wobble just like the jelly, saying /j,j,j,j/.

j letter
Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter j sound

The children pretend to be the jelly and say /j,j,j,j,j,j/.

Letter j formation

j formation

  • Step 1 – Start at the top, go down
  • Step 2 – And hook
  • Step 3 – Lift and dot

As is the usual routine the children practiced their letter j formation in the scrapbook.  We will doing more hands on activities with this letter beginning of next week.

Practice Ideas for Home

  • You can give them a handful of magnetic letters which they stick on a board. Then they have to remove the letter of the day from the batch.  In this case letter j.
  • 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 j 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 j. This is a skill which needs loads of practice. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence   🙂



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