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Ideas for phonics classes for 2 1/2 - 3 1/2

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by tommyaweek, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. I have been given the responsibility to do phonics classes on a fortnightly basis fron the new year with the children withing our room
    The children are aged 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 and will be a class about 24-27 and the lessons will need to last about 30 minutes
    Any ideas?
     
  2. They are babies, they don't need lessons!
     
  3. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    sing songs tell stories and talk to them [​IMG]
     
  4. mystery10

    mystery10 Occasional commenter

    Does seem a little weird. If someone really did want them to be "taught phonics" at such an early age why wouldn't they be thinking of a little bit frequently rather than a big lump once a fortnight? No-one would learn much on that basis let alone a 2.5 year old.
     
  5. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    I imagine the school uses Letters & Sounds and we are talking about Phase1 type activities
     
  6. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Exactly.
     
  7. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    I notice from your other post that you work in a children's centre. The thought of a children's centre boss requiring such a thing is pretty scary. Have you questioned their orders?
     
  8. The manager is not requesting this
    But last term a lot of the children where starting to recognise all letters within there name and to help them develop further we want to do a phonics group and was wondering if anyone knew any games that have been good to help them start to sound out letters.
     
  9. mystery10

    mystery10 Occasional commenter

    Why once a fortnight for a long lesson?
     
  10. When you say they recognise the letters in their names do you mean they name the letters or know the sounds? Do they know the sounds of digraphs in their names? Eg would Sharon know that sh was /sh/, or would she say /s/ /h/?To find activities etc look at the EYFS framework in the first instance and then Letters and Sounds phase one. Half an hour seems a long session, and once a fortnight is probably not going to have much impact. Perhaps it's best to regard it as a trial, see how it works and adjust accordingly. Idoubt if the two and a half year olds will want to sit still in a group at all, but you know them. Keep it fun and light hearted with lots of singing and action, and remember that the CLL priority with children of this age is language for communication and thinking. Check the children have the foundation skills in the younger age bands of the framework before pushing letter and sound recognition which doesn't actually come into it until the 40 to 60+ months age band.
     
  11. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    Have you or any of the staff had phonics training?
    My advice would be to focus on developing vocabulary and language because that is what reception teachers need from their new children.
     
  12. It is necessary to support the more advanced children and splitting the group into 2 is done so that the more advanced children are supported but the younger children are not bombarded with information. The younger children will only be doing nursery rhymes which include letters ect ect
    We have children in our class who are 3 and over and are able to recognise all the letters in the alphabet and link these letters to their peers names but struggle with the letter sounds. As they struggle with the sounds and mouth movements recquired to develop speech, their speech is unclear and by doing these classes we are looking to support their language.
    The children recognising all the letters within the alphabet is not just due to the teachers support but also due to parents are teaching the children at home.
    To move on and support these children we have phonics groups on a fortnightly basis
    We were going to do it on a weekly basis but to once a week we have small group activities wherby the children go with their keyworker but their keyworker will focus on literacy such as phonics so that they can support their keychildren moving on through the developmental stages.
     
  13. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    Then you need to rethink because that is not what you are doing.
     
  14. What do you advise
    We are about to start the phonic sension in january when the new term starts
     
  15. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

  16. We are not just going to sit them in a class and get them to chant to sounds
    I started this forum to see if anyone had advise or games that support the children with their phonics sounds
    We will be doing games and encourage children copy the adults with there sounds and also be doing activities that incorparate music and movement into the phonics session
     
  17. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    That has nothing to do with language development I'm afraid
     
  18. So what would your advice be?
    What would be your next step?
     

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