This week we are practising the digraph...
Remember, a digraph is two letters (two vowels or two consonants or a vowel and a consonant) which together make one sound. Say it with me; "Two letters, one sound!" Say it again!
This week's digraph is 'sh'. You can hear the 'sh' phoneme in words like 'ship' and 'shut'. Look at the picture above and see if you can say each word/picture.
To help you remember - imagine you are a grown up telling someone to be quiet! Put your finger to your lips and say 'shhhhhhhhhhhh'.
Have a go at writing the letters in the air, write them really large! Now use your finger to 'write' the letters on the carpet, on the back of your hand, on your parent's back! Each time you 'write' it say the long sound 'sh'.
Tuesday: Watch the Mr Thorne Does Phonics video below and see what you can find around your house!
Wednesday: Let's play the pairs game again. Prepare 'sh' words on to small pieces of paper. Make sure you have two of every word. You could print the sheet I have prepared at the bottom of the page, if you can, and cut out the words. I have added 'sound buttons' under each phoneme. The sound buttons will support your child to make each sound and then blend it together. You could add these to last week's 'ch' words so you have got even more cards to pair up!
Now you are ready to play! Turn all the word cards over. Take it in turns to turn two cards over - do they match? Yes - say the phonemes by touching the sound buttons and then blending them together. Once you've read the word, you keep the cards!
No - turn the cards back over and try to remember where they are (it might help you on your next go!)
The winner is the one with the most cards at the end!
Thursday: Use your school letter pack to think make some words using the sound tiles you have so far. We have learnt all the letters of the alphabet now and you should practice the letters you don't recognise again and again until you can remember them. Don't forget to make one new letter tile with this week's digraph 'sh' on showing your children that the letters are together and make the 'sh' sound not the separate 's' and 'h' sounds.
Friday: Let's play 'Hide and Seek!' Using the word cards below or write out your own. Hide the words around your room. Keep a secret list of the words for your own check list! Say a word for your child to go and find? When they find a word your child needs to segment each sound in the word - "sh-o-p!" Yes! That's right bring it back and go find the next word. e.g. shed. Your child finds another word and says the sounds separately (segmenting) "sh-i-n!" That's not the word we're looking for, put it back and try and find the correct word (try and remember where that word is hiding for when this word comes up)!
I've put some word cards below just in case you would like to print them out. Your child could add the sound buttons to help them practise their segmenting and blending skills. I've also popped on a check list!