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Mr Thorne Does Phonics - Episode S

Geraldine the Giraffe learns /a/ sound

How can I help my child with their phonics?

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  • Listen for sounds in words every day and sound the whole word out slowly. 
  • Use the 'Letters and Sounds Book' to record objects for each sound. 
  • Hold up an object and ask questions such as "What sound does this start with?"
  • Play games such as I-spy using phonic sounds, e.g. I spy with my little eye something beginning with (say letter sound).
  • Play a blending game e.g. you sound out the word c-a-t and they have to say the word (start with simple three letter words. 
  • Use the letter name and the sound it makes. 
  • We use 'pure' sounds when sounding out the letters, i.e. the shortest sound possible.  For examples of how to do this see Mr Thorne's phonics