Welcome to English Safari! I am Payal and this is my first ever blog post. Needless to say, I am over the moon. Literacy is my passion. I have been conducting phonics workshops and after school classes since the past five years.
Reading is an important if not the most important skill which can be developed during the early years of a child’s life.
While Phonics is a part of the school’s curriculum in most countries, it is a relatively new subject in India. Teaching children and interacting with their parents, I realised how petrified most parents are of phonics and phonetic sounds. I do not blame the parents. Is this how we learnt to read when we were little? No. Also, there is a lack of reliable resources to learn from which leaves the poor parents unclear.
A lot is left to be desired in the way phonics is being taught in schools. Most children are found lacking when it comes to phonics and reading and teachers ask parents to work harder on the kids during those PTM’s (Parent teacher meet) Is that fair?
I have seen the look on those parent’s faces and it’s not pretty. Being asked to teach something you were never taught! Most admissions to my classes are after PTM’s.
I feel there is a huge gap which needs to be bridged.
Through my FaceBook page, I receive regular queries from mothers all over the country who want Jolly Phonics classes for their children. Slowly, it dawned upon me that teaching 50-100 children a day is not enough. I had to do more. Fuelled by this passion, came the idea for my website and blog.
Closing the gap!
Through this platform, I would like to connect with you. I would like to assist you with phonics worksheets, grammar worksheets, reading suggestions, lesson plans, games and other thoughtful resources.
Today, I will be sharing a beginning sounds set with you. It contains worksheets from a-z.
The worksheets require no preparation. Just print and use them.
The children the first colour both the uppercase and lowercase alphabet for the sound. I like to try rainbow colouring for these worksheets. Rainbow colouring allows the child to practice the letter formation several times in different colours. It also looks very attractive.
Then we have ‘circle the letter’ activity. This helps the child distinguish the letters from one another.
There are six pictures beginning with that sound which the child can colour.
For the ‘qu’ sound, I am sharing two worksheets, one for ‘q’ and the other for ‘qu.’ The sound is basically ‘qu’ but most schools teach it as ‘q’ when it comes to beginning sounds. So, I decided to make both.
‘q’ and ‘u’ come together to make the sound /kw/.
Also, there is a letter tracing activity towards the end of every worksheet. The child can trace both uppercase and lowercase letters for a particular sound.
Regarding the sound, ‘x’, the worksheet has pictures where you can hear the ‘x’ sound but not in the beginning. This is because there are no words that begin with the ‘x’ sound. ‘x’ sound comes mostly at the end of words.
This set is a must when I am teaching or revising beginning sounds with preschoolers and kindergarteners. I also use this set as homework since they are self explanatory and involve quite a bit of colouring.
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