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'Oo' Monkey song - Sounds Fun Phonics
'Or' Dinosaur song - Sounds Fun Phonics
'Ar" Pirate song - Sounds Fun Phonics
Sounds Fun Phonics is a system of teaching phonics through music, movement, and a set of unique flashcards that give the children a visual and kinesthetic cue to help them easily remember and produce each sound. The music serves to reinforce these basic phonics rules and sound spelling patterns, so that they can learn to read, write, and spell quickly and easily. We recommend using the DVD or CD in combination with the character flash cards for the most effective phonics teaching resource.
Phonics Spelling Patterns covered include:
Ai/Ay-Hooray, Ar-Pirate, Au/Aw-Caw, Ch-Choo Choo, Ea/Ee-Whee, Er/Ir/Ur-Tiger, Ew-Monster, Igh-Sailor, Ing-King, Ink-Pink Ink, Oa-Tummy Ache, Oi/Oy-Piggy, Oo-Monkey, Or-Dinosaur, Ou/Ow-Howl, Sh-Quiet Girl, Th-Blowing Raspberries, Unk-Skunk, plus these basic phonics rules: Bossy E, Magic Y, Vowel Walk
Here's how it works:
The picture cue triggers the memory of a movement that goes with the sound of each combination of letters. When the children are drilled with the flash cards and are asked to respond physically and verbally, they will remember more quickly than without the visual-kinesthetic element.
For example, the flashcard that goes with the “sh” sound spelling pattern has a little girl that is holding one finger up in front of her mouth to show the /sh/ sound. When children see this, they mimic the movement and then make the sound.
This means that children who are just learning to write phonetically, or “writing words as they sound,” are more likely to be able to simply pull those more difficult sound spelling patterns out of their heads and write them correctly without having to check the flashcard to see how to spell it. This is a HUGE advantage in terms of writing speed and fluency for those that have these spelling patterns memorized via the music and motions.
I have also used similar hand puppets to introduce each character to the children, having that character be “in charge” of each sound. I then showed them word cards with that sound pattern on them, and had the puppet “read” each word to the class. Then the puppet quizzed the children on reading each of those flash cards. I asked the children to make the motion when they sounded out the word.
For example, the pirate character says, “ar.” I had the kids first say the beginning sound of the word, and then add “ar,” onto it, making the motion when saying the sound. Then they blend the sounds together to make a word. (Ex.: /c/ + /ar/ = car.) Many of my puppets are made by Melissa and Doug at www.gummylump.com. They puppets are beautiful, well made and I love them! But homemade sock puppets are probably just as good as far as children are concerned! I was not able to introduce every sound with a puppet, and the children learned them just as well; it simply wasn’t as engaging or fun for them. The children asked to have the puppets drill them on that particular puppet’s word families. It was a favorite activity!
Check out Heidi's blog for more information on Sounds Fun Phonics:
Reading Standards K & Grade 1 - Foundational Skills Phonics and Word Recognition
|Phonics Worksheets - "th" sound pattern|
|Sounds Fun Phonics Lyrics|
|Sounds Fun Phonics Movements|