Junior Infants are acquiring new literacy skills at the moment and while it is an exciting time here are some tips that can help your child have some fun with reading and phonics!
Junior Infants have started to take home their new words from their reader “Hello”. They will get their words home first and will be practice in school and for homework. When The children know these words then they will get their reader home so they can start reading their first book. Here are some tips and games that you can use with their words in order to make learning more fun:
Where’s the word ?– Take all words out of envelope and place them facing up. Ask your child to find a word (e.g. Hello) as fast as they can. Give clues as necessary (This word has 5 letters and begins with the H sound).
What’s the Word ? – Same as previous game except you change roles. Ask the child to pick a word from the envelope. They then have to describe it to you ( eg. This word begins with an H and ends with O sounds.
Kim’s Game – Present 3 words (or more/ less depending on your child’s confidence with their words) to your child. Ask the children to close their eyes, and then take one of the words away. Ask your child to open their eyes and see if they can remember the word you took way. This game is really good for building your child’s memory and concentration span.
Make my sentence! – All cards facing up. Make up a sentence (e.g. I am a shoe , but the sillier the better!) and ask the children to find the words, from their word envelopes, and put them in order, to make your sentence.
Go Fish ! – All cards facing down. Child and adult take turns and ” fish” for a word. When a word is picked up, turn it over and see if you can read the word. If you can, you can keep the word. If you cannot, you must give the word to the other player. The person with the most “fish” (words) at the end of the game wins.
When going through the sounds with your child it is important that they understand the difference between the sound and the name of the letter. So ask your child the sound first and then ask them to name the letter. For example “a” makes the “aaaa” sound and the name of the letter is “A”. It is important to get your child to do the action with the sound.
Blending: Your child has been blending words since September but it is a vital aspect of the Jolly Phonics programme. I would encourage you to do this at home with your child to aid their progress. For example say the word “cat” and get your child to make the word with their sound cards.
Tricky Words: Your child will be given two tricky words each week to learn. These are words that have to be learned and cannot be sounded out (hence the name tricky). Please go over them with your child as in school we say them everyday and learn to spell them too. These tricky words can be used in making sentences with their reader words.
Reading Eggs: I gave home a note in the journals with login details for Reading Eggs. Please use this with your child as it is a fun and engaging tool in your child’s learning process.