A different take on T

teddy bearA Different Take on /t/.

Although Jolly Phonics is a synthetic phonics programme, which introduces literacy concepts to young children and Jolly Music is, well a music programme, there are some obvious links that I believe compliment one another. Both programmes are multi-sensory, fun and child-friendly and both follow very structured and clear guidelines that use cumulative approaches to teaching and learning. This means that the lessons begin simple and later become more complex when appropriate or when the children are ready. Here is a simple lesson plan that incorporates both Jolly Phonics and Jolly Music.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear: introducing or revising /t/ through Jolly Music.

Using a bear puppet or teddy bear, introduce the following rhyme with the students:

Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around

Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.

Teddy bear, teddy bear, go upstairs,

Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers.

Teddy bear, teddy bear, switch off the light.

Teddy bear, teddy bear, say goodnight!

Flashcard: Hold up a flashcard of the letter <t> and ask the children to repeat /t/

Letter formation: Demonstrate in the air with magic fingers how /t/ is formed and then ask the children to do the same.

Blending: write the words “at” or “sat” on the blackboard and draw a dot beneath each letter. Starting at the left hand side of the word point to each letter sound saying them out loud and then blend the word together. For example, s-a-tsat”.

Extension activities: invite our favourite teddy bears to school and have a (pretend) teddy bear´s picnic, read the Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kurr together or sing The Teddy Bear´s Picnic.