Learning Phonics the Fun Way!
Learning Phonics is Fun!
Did you know that learning the sounds of the letters is just as important as learning the name of the letter? Pairing the sound with the letter will allow your child/ student, to be prepared when learning to read. Every night when my son and I are laying in bed ready to fall asleep we sing what is called the Phonics Jive. This little song not only teaches the name of the letter but the sounds that go with them in a fun song! We changed the song some to be more relevant to what interests him in his everyday life. I also add the sign language alphabet signs when we are singing throughout the day.
Hurray for Play has a wonderful FREE printable of her rendition of the Phonics Jive Click Here to check it out!
If you are looking for something a little cuter that you would use in your classroom
So Many Sounds!
Having phonic awareness is hard for youngs minds, and people learning English as a second language. So many different digraphs, blends, silent letters, and words that you have to know just by looking at them ( sounding them out would just confuse the reader) aka sight words.
With schools focusing more and more on reading, and literacy skills; it is important to provide a base for learning phonic sounds in a fun and entertaining way. Preschoolers and Toddlers can’t sit down and do worksheets very long, but what they will do all day long is singing songs and playing games.
Learning Through Play is the Funniest Way
When children learn through play a different part of their brain is triggered and causes the information to be stored in the long term memory.
Science Behind Learning Through Play
When a person is having fun dopamine is released.
dopamine is a neurotransmitter—a chemical messenger that helps the transmission of signals in the brain. It affects brain processes that control movement, emotions and the ability to experience pleasure and pain.
But to parents and teachers, dopamine is the brain’s reward mechanism. It’s released in a student’s brain when they experience something they enjoy, like going on an adventure or discovering something new and exciting. Even learning something new triggers these feelings of euphoria, but only if it’s something really engaging and awesome. Not just learning at school but learning in everyday life as well. Experiencing new exciting things like going to the zoo or imaginary adventure in the backyard, releases dopamine.
Of course, there is so much more science behind this…..but I won’t bore you with that! Just trust me when I say…
Fun + Learning = Long Term Memory and Recognition
This is why I have created many different add-on editions to my favorite childhood game CANDY LAND!
I want to share my newest edition with you!
CANDY LAND: Phonics Edition
Add this game to any Candyland Game! You most likely already have stacked with your game boards. It is as simple as cutting out and replacing game cards with this deck. Want cards to last longer? Laminate!
Not only does this game teach letter recognition but is great as a tool for parents and children to practice and learn the sounds of the letters, blends, digraphs and more.
Click here to check this out on my Teacher Pay Teacher store!
Ways to Play!
Before being able to move their game piece the child must first either:
- repeat (the parent or teacher) the sound of the letter(s) with the name. Example- A says /a/.
- name a word that has the sound in it. Example- /ch/ —>Chicken
- or make up your own rules with what you are learning in other areas.
Where to Play?
- At Home
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But Wait! There’s More!
Other Editions I have:
MIX AND MATCH for a summer fun study session!