Last week we briefly introduced the ck sound. As you can see these are two letters but they have the same sound. There are three points which make them special
- They have the same sound
- They can be stuck together like in back, neck, sock. (At this level we just make them aware that these letters can stay near each other. We do not go into detail. This is done in grade 1).
- They can be written apart in words like cat and k. So although they have the same sound we can use them in different words which mean different things.
Letter Treasure Hunt – One of the games I like to give the children in class is that when we have library time, they look out for the letter sounds we have done so far, point at them and say them. This exercise applies to the ck, c, and k letter sounds as well.
Revision of the ck
We went through the above using games on the interactive whiteboard. We then took one of the letters c for cat just like our Pete character and went into detail just like we usually do with every letter sound.
We started by thinking of other words which start with the c sound. We came up with these words cat, Christmas, concert, cloud, cake, car, carrot, castle, cow, card and cupcake amongst others. Some of these words were discussed in the jolly phonic story found below.
The jolly phonics story for the letter c sound is this.
A family is visiting a castle in Spain. While they are sitting outside a café’, some Spanish dancers appear in the courtyard. The ladies wear brightly coloured dresses and click castanets going saying, /c,c,c,c/.
Action of the letter c sound
The action done when saying the c sound is associated with the picture story like all the other letter actions are. Raise your hands and snap your fingers together as if you are playing castanets saying c,c,c.
Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter c sound
- Step 1 – Start at the top , make a curve
- Step 2 – Stop
Practice Ideas For Home
- You can practice the letter formation by using a white board and colourful washable markers using the steps above.
- You can place about 5 objects or pictures on the table, amongst which you have objects starting with the letter c sound.
- Look for things around you which start with the c. Say the name of each object emphasizing and exaggerating the first letter sound of each object and ask your child if that object or picture starts with the letter sound c. This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they are not understanding as yet what this means. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence 🙂
The children practiced the formation of this letter on their letter scrapbook where they created their own cupcake because Pete the Cat loves eating cupcakes. Besides designing it using colours they also stuck sequins.
Such an exercise helps them develop a firm pencil hand control. They also worked on their literacy workbook where they had to recognize letter c amongst other letters and circle them. As well as circle pictures which start with the letter c sound.
Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes written by Kimberly and James Dean.