I didn't even know that they no longer teach them ah buh cuh in school anymore... I've just been teaching my little girl (she's 3 in August) the alphabet . Also programmes like Super Why and the one on Cbeebies that was on a while ago were really good..
I'd be interested to find out about this too :)
Sorry i couldn't help thou
They do teach ah buh cuh.. the local school does Jolly Phonics and apparently they start with S, A and T. TBH I haven't made a point of teaching them because I know I get some of the phonics wrong (ie I thought it was "nuh" but apparently it's "unnnn" for N) and I worry that she will end up confused.
no, they don't teach ahh buhh cuhh any more. They do teach Jolly Phonics but alongside the new Letters and Sounds which focusses on PURE letter sounds to enable children to sound out their words when they come to blend them together.
There are letters and sounds books available which will make this clearer if you really want to introduce it to your child. Its worth learning how to do the pure sounds as it makes SUCH a difference!!!!
Well this is why I haven't made a specific effort to teach her before she starts school.. they seem to change it so often and I know it would be harder for her to 'unlearn' things than to learn them scratch.
Can you recommend a particular book?
What do they call letters now then? Is an A an A again?
I cant detect whether or not that is sarcasm???
A is always called A and has never changed to my knowledge. Its all about the sounds the letters make and the Letters and Sounds government initiative makes total sense as we've talked about before because it makes learning to read so much easier.
So "Ay" is the name of the letter and "a" is the sound (as opposed to ahhh") "Cee" is the name of the letter and "c" is the sound (as opposed to cuh) etc etcThis is a really useful page for making it clearer than I can
No, no sarcasm, I'm genuinely interested. The Jolly Phonics link suggests that they teach the sounds rather than the letter names at first, but I wondered if they have changed this again. Will read the link now, thanks.
Just found this on the Jolly Phonics site :
"Children should learn each letter by its sound, not its name. For instance, the letter a should be called a (as in ant) not ai (as in aim). Similarly, the letter n should be nn (as in net), not en. This will help in blending. The names of each letter can follow later."
I don't understand. Does this mean that the letter is called a "luh" and not an "el" but that it says "l" without the "uh"? Does that make sense?!
No, the letter is still called "el" but the sound is "l- without the uh"
I've found a really good website that might help http://www.focusonphonics.co.uk/
might be worth a look as it not only has the sounds etc but also books you can buy
Thanks, what a great site! It turns out that what little I have taught her has been correct, there are just a couple of sounds that I've not been doing quite right.
oh its all very confusing!
I thought that what you describe WAS phonics. Now I'm confused!
It is. At my son's pre-school they do it that way. But a lot of schools do a mixture saying that A is the letter name and ah is the letter sound.
I have the Jolly Phonics workbooks which I use at home to reinforce what they do at school. Apparently the majority of state primary schools use Jolly Phonics.
Jolly Phonics is used alongside Letters and Sounds which is a new way of looking at how the letter is sounded out. The letters are said in their pure form (so, instead of cuh for C, you have to take off the uhh sound at the end and just say c - if that makes sense??)
Anyone who can start their kids off on pure sounds prior to starting school will be doing their kids a huge service and helping us out when we come to teach it!!
i think i shall lok into these things but also not worry about sticking to what i know too!