As our students are 5 years old spanish speakers we are starting to introduce the english sound using the jolly phonics approach; We introduce the sound using a song, followed by a gesture and a picture related in order to give students clues that will help them decode sounds while reading simple words.

When we introduce a word I usually draw things on the board that contain that sound just like this:

The first picture shows our "sounds in our names" poster. When we learn a sound we check if we have it in our names, if so we circle the sound, then the kids complete the worksheet and write the names of three classmates containing the sound we are practicing.

We also use the pre reading games from STARFALL as well as some sound activities.

Hopefully in a few weeks we will start practicing blending which i absolutely love because you can see the kids progress in reading and it's incredibly rewarding for me and for them too.


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