Phonics Revision In A Montessori Curriculum
The facts and details in this post is actually taken from an article in Montessori International magazine.
Synthetic Phonics= Teaching of reading, associating phonemes (sounds) with particular graphemes (letters) pronounced in isolation, and blended together (synthesised).
In the English language, there are 44 phonemes and 26 graphemes.
Let’s look at the 44 phonemes (24 consonant sounds `+ 20 vowel sounds):
1)b[bed], d[dog],f[fan],g[gate],h[hair], j[joke], k[kite], l[lamb], m[man], n[nut], p[pot], r[rug], s[sun], t[tug], v[van], w[web], y[yak], z[zoo]. —> 18 consonant sounds.
sh, ch, th, ng,nk + zhn —-> 6 consonant sounds.
**18 consonant letters as above + c(covered by k and s) + q(sound when follwed by u) + x(covered by cks) = 21 consonant letter
2) a[apple],e[egg], i[igloo], o[octopus], u[udder] —–> 5 vowel sounds.
ai [tail[, ie [tie], oo [moon], or [cork], ir [girl], oi [boil], ear [dear], ee [eel], oa [boat], oo [book], ar [car] ou [hound], air [fair], oor [gourd], er [pander] —-> 15 vowel sounds.
**Schwa vowel: unstressed vowel (panda, along, elephant)
Homophones= words that sound the same.
Homographs = words that look the same but have different meaning.
Early Montessori Activity :
- Sandpaper letters
- Alliterative activity
- Pink Box 1: Pink objects
- Pink Box 2: Pink pictures
- Onset and Rime with LMA.
- Pink Box 3: Pink word cards and objects
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