Junior Infants. Group 3 (sounds and blending activities)
Ideas for Parents: 1. Encourage your child to say the relevant sound on the slide three times. Click on the speaker symbol to hear the sound. 2. Play a game of ‘I spy’ using the things in the environment e.g. Parent: “I spy with my little eye something beginning with /g/”(remember use the sound not the name of the letter) 3. Encourage your child to sing the song to accompany the letter. 4. Revise all sounds (including group 1 and 2 sounds) regularly.
Can you make this sound? m Action: Rub your tummy, as if you are seeing tasty food, and say /m,m,m,m,m/ Song: (Tune: The wheels on the bus) The Mum and the Dad make many meals. /m,m,m/ /m,m,m/! The Mum and the Dad make many meals for their hungry children.
Can you make this sound? d Action: Beat your hands up and down, as if you are playing a drum, and say d,d,d,d. Song: (Tune: This Old Man) See me play on my drum. Playing drums is lots of fun, With a /d/-/d/-/d/-/d/-/d/-/d/- /d/-/d/-/d/ See me play upon my drum.
Can you make this sound? g Action: Spiral your hand down, as if water is gurgling down a drain, and say g,g,g,g. Song: (Tune: Jimmy Crack Corn) The water gurgles down the drain. The water gurgles down the drain With a /g/-/g/-/g/-/g/-/g/.
Can you make this sound? o Action: Pretend to turn a light switch on and off, and say o,o,o,o. Song: (Tune: Old McDonald) Now it’s dark the lights go on. /o/, /o/, /o/, /o/, /o/. Time for bed, The lights go off! /o/, /o/, /o/, /o/, /o/.
Can you make this sound? u Action: Keep one hand steady and raise the other, as if raising an umbrella, and say u,u,u,u. Song: (Tune: Skip to my Lou) /u/-/u/ up go umbrellas. /u/-/u/ up go umbrellas.........when it starts to rain!
Vowel Revision. We have learned all five vowels. Please practice them regularly with your child. aeiou
Blending. Ideas for Parents. 1. Once your child knows the letters in groups 1, 2 and 3 of this phonics programme we can blend these letters to form simple words. 2. With blending, the first sound needs to be said louder than the other sounds. 3. Parents should make the sounds in the word on the slide first e.g. /g/ /o/ /t/ and then say the complete word. 4. Encourage your child to repeat what you have just done. 5. They can then click on the speaker to see if they have read the word correctly. Praise, Praise, Praise. 6. Children will need plenty of practice before they have fully mastered the skill of blending.
Please encourage your child to make these words using their sound cards. Encourage them to sound out the words they have made. softmilkif fistuspot logonmust
Reading Sentences. Now that we have learned 3 groups of sounds it is time to begin to read sentences. The children will need lots of help and encouragement at this stage. You can help your child by sounding out all the words in the sentence and then reading the full sentence aloud. Please use your finger to point at the individual words in the sentence. Praise, Praise, Praise.