I know it's hard to believe (and accept?!), but it's almost Back to School time here in Aberdeen. I know some teachers are already back, others go back next week, while others still have a bit longer...but it's coming for all of us!
This coming school year, I'm back in Primary 1 (Kindergarten). I'm really looking forward to it! I'm in a new school which uses Jolly Phonics, which is new to me.
Wherever possible (which means for 22 of the 26 letters), I've linked the image to the Jolly Phonics song that introduces that letter. There were a few letters that just didn't work ('G' for 'gurgling' and 'N' for 'nnnnn'....an airplane sound, come immediately to mind), so I've tried to choose simple, easily recognisable words/items to go with those letters instead.
All of the consonants have blue borders, while the vowels have red borders. This visual cue helps children differentiate between vowels and consonants right from the start. This is important, as vowels make both their short sound and 'letter name' sound (unlike consonants) - as well as (let's be honest) making other vowel sounds AND also remaining silent.
Vowels are tricky!
By highlighting the vowels and how carefully you need to keep an eye on them, you can set kids up for success in literacy. If they sound out a word, but don't recognise it, it's almost always the vowel that is doing something unexpected. If kids know this from the beginning, they'll have a head start when they begin to blend sounds and start reading. It also cuts down on a lot of confusion!
If you're looking at the picture above carefully, you'll see that there are 26+ alphabet display posters. For a few of the letters, I've added a second 'alternative' poster. These are generally letters where the Jolly Phonics picture is great - if you are using the Jolly Phonics song. But if you are using a different programme, a different (easier) word might be better. So if you need alphabet posters, but aren't using Jolly Phonics - these posters will still hopefully be just what you need!
I'm generally in an 'updating resources' mode at the moment, so please do check back, as I'll be posting up all the different alphabet resources I've made and used with my littlest classes.
Have a great new school year everyone!