I met with Gill and MacMillan last week. It was a really interesting meeting and I got some new books to review. The above are part of the ‘Sounds Good Phonics’ range. There are 4 books and they have very similar layouts but at different levels of ability. (Book 1 is for Junior Infants, Book 2 is for Senior Infants, Book 3 is for 1st and Book 4 is for 2nd)
The book is divided into different sections; initial sounds, final sounds and medial sounds. There is also a section for blending. There is a learning objective at the end of each page; ‘The child will be enabled to identify items with the initial /t/ and /p/ sounds.
On these pages children need to say the sound, say the word and match the pictures that begin with the sound to the letter.
Here is a revision page where children say the word and colour the pictures beginning with each sound.
These pages cover ‘final sounds’. If the final sound in the word is ‘A’ the children colour in the picture.
This page is based on medial sounds.
Children need to say the word and then write the initial sound.
At senior infant level, children are also practising their handwriting.
Children need to say these words slowly to determine where the r sound is heard. (Start/End/Middle)
Here children need to match the word with the picture – once again using their blending skills.
Children need to add the correct letter to make the word.
More phonics fans!
- Sequence of teaching
- Explanation of the emphasis on initial, finial and medial sounds,
- Many different games for use with the phonics fans
- Fun activities for individual and group work
- A directory of words with extensive lists of vocabulary for each sound.