Words are made up of different sounds. When we read and write, we identify and assemble letter sounds into words that we can understand. This ability to decode words is called Phonics. Our phonics program is a one hour program that offers a multi-sensory approach to learning. This program helps the preschooler to build a strong foundation of phonics essential for reading and writing. It comprises of four series: Pink, Blue, Grey and Green.
The Pink Series
The sandpaper letters is the first activity in this series and introduces the child to phonetic sounds of the alphabet through a three period lesson. After the child has mastered the use of phonetic sounds and is able to identify letters by sight, the sandpaper letters are replaced by another interesting tool called the Large Movable Alphabet (LMA). With this activity, he/she learns to fuse 3 letter sounds to form words. The child soon realizes that he/she has graduated out of the sandpaper letters and is now manipulating real looking letters. This LMA activity helps the child to build his/her vocabulary of three letter words. After much work with the large movable alphabets the child moves on to metal insets of geometrical shapes. He/She outlines the shape of the frame on a paper and fills it with straight parallel lines using coloured pencils. This activity improves his dexterity, hand eye coordination and concentration. It also develops and strengthens his/her muscular control required to wield a pencil much later.
The next few activities with Large Movable Alphabets (LMAs) and objects or picture boxes involve associating the word formed using the LMA to its object or picture cards. Gradually LMAs are replaced by reading cards. The child learns to match reading cards with the objects and pictures. As the child progresses comfortably, he/she moves on to reading exercises with three or four letter words using word lists, booklets, sight words, sentence cards and story booklets. Specially prepared phonetic worksheets for practice work are introduced at this stage.
The Blue Series
Once the child has mastered the phonetic sounds in Pink series, he is ready to move on to the Blue series where he/she is introduced to five or six letter words comprising of consonant blends such as bl, fr, st etc. The entire blue series activities are a repetition of the Pink series with the only exception that all materials now contain longer words with consonant blends which gradually become more complex. A child who is familiar with all the blends and can easily spell most of the words in the Blue series, is ready for the Grey series.
The Grey Series
In this series, the child is invited to explore a small model of a farm complete with miniature animals and other items typically seen in a farm along with some Montessori Grammar Boxes. Through this farm activity, children practice labeling the objects , building simple combinations of words and then reading aloud their sentences or phrases. Parts of speech such as nouns, articles, adjectives and verbs are taught in this manner. With this activity they learn to perfect their sentences using all the appropriate rules of grammar.
The Green Series
The final stage called the Green series introduces the child to Phonograms (eg. words that contain ay, ea, ie, igh etc) and their families in the same manner as how he/she was introduced to the consonant blends in the Blue series. The materials prepare him/her for phonograms through the use of picture boxes, small movable alphabets (SMA) and picture cards, wordlists, booklets, sentence cards and story booklets.
All the activities in the phonics area are aimed at moving the child towards an explosion into reading and writing. As the child progresses, these lessons put in perspective the order of the symbols, the spacing between words, the comprehension of an idea and the thought process involved in forming a sentence that gradually leads them to read a book independently.
Recommended Age: 3 – 6 years old
- Every Mon 1.30 – 3pm
- Every Thu 1.30 – 3pm
- Every Sat 11am – 12pm
- Every Sat 1pm – 2pm