Some of you may recognize this image, others may not. If you have had a prep student in the last 4 years you should know what it is and what to do with it. For everyone else allow me to enlighten you. Follow the next link to the full song…which will teach you how to sing the letter S… and actions to go with it.
I am blessed to have daughter in prep this year. A son in y7 and daughter in y5. My eldest 2 did no use this type of learning for prep. I have no idea what they did… but they managed to learn their letters without singing along to the jolly phonics songs.
About a week after her little homework book came home with pages glued in like the one above I knew I was in trouble. All morning and afternoon ‘mummy can you help me do my letters’, um……. I need to get dinner on, I am hanging out washing, I am in the toilet, I am feeding your baby brother, I have a blog to write, I have a blog to reply to, I have uni work to do, I have other work to do, I just don’t have time?
Of course I did the singing with her, but not as much as she wanted! So… I thought surely there has to be an app for that.
Counting my lucky stars….. Jolly Phonics Songs on the App store for the bargain price of $5.99. I didn’t even hesitate, I hit buy and didn’t look back. It was the best app I have brought her. She just grabs my phone and does her ‘homework’ and I can hear her, I can now sing along to all the tunes (my lucky family) and she loves doing it. So it’s a win, thank you ICTs and the App store, a who ever invented Jolly Phonics!
In her class when its time to lean a new letter, the teacher plays the matching song, they do activities, practice writing, play games all for the introduction to the one letter. I see this as using all of the RAT model. Replacing, Amplification and Transforming…. 🙂