The following day we took a closer look at the letter k sound and its formation. We briefly revised the ck concept mentioned in the previous literacy blog.
It was mentioned that cats have their babies which we call kittens, these too eventually grow up. We played games on the interactive whiteboard to reinforce the difference between the c and the k.
We proceeded to words which start with the k sound. We came up with these words, kite, key, kangaroo, koala, king, and kite.
Pictures of every word discussed were put up on the board to help those children who have limited English vocabulary.
The jolly phonics story for the letter k sound is the same for the c sound.
A family is visiting a castle in Spain. While they are sitting outside a café’, some Spanish dancers appear in the courtyard. The ladies wear brightly coloured dresses and click castanets going saying, /c,c,c,c/. (As you can see there are no words starting specifically with k because the emphasis is on the sound not on the written word at this level.)
Action of the letter k sound (Is the same for the c sound).
The action done when saying the k sound is associated with the picture story like all the other letter actions are. Raise your hands and snap your fingers together as if you are playing castanets saying k,k,k.
Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter k sound
- Step 1 – Start at the top
- Step 2 – Go down
- Step 3 – A small bounce
- Step 4 – Make a loop
- Step 5 – And kick
As you can see we use the above k formation and not the one we commonly see in books (k). I showed the difference to the children. It is important that you use this formation of letter k.
Using the curly k as we call it helps the children when they come to join letters together in the future.
Practice Game 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 k
- Look for things around you which start with the k 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 k. 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 J
The children practiced the formation of this letter on their literacy scrapbook using crayons. They sorted out letter beans, they also practiced the k formation using large flashcards.
Three Little Kittens Song –