ESL | Phonics : Basic Blends


FOREVER the thorn in my side, teaching in Korea where, in general, English is taught with the focus on ticking boxes and passing tests. Grammar and phonics can be… elusive. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to leave my students up the creek without a paddle, and I try to shoehorn phonics in as and where I can.

RECENTLY I decided my worksheets needed an overhaul. As I mentioned in my Best of… May 2018 post, I’ve been following Rad & Happy’s doodling class, and that inspired the new phonic worksheets I’ve created, with Grammar.Bots taking centre stage.

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PHONICS isn’t the easiest thing to fit into a class, especially with a textbook to complete, but get students into a routine, and you can totally stretch these worksheets out over several weeks or months, depending on your students ages!

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OF course, the earlier phonics is learned, the better, but at the end of the day, being given a handle on phonics at any age is a good thing, so if you can get it into your classes, I’d recommend giving it a go.

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HERE is a run down of how I use these worksheets.

  • We go through the two letters and sounds on the board: ‘a’ makes the sound ‘a’, ‘a’, ‘a’ etc
  • Go through the motions of visually, verbally and kinetically combining the two sounds: ‘a’+’n’=’an’
  • We make words on the board: “What letter can we add to the front to make a word?”
  • Translate what is necessary (depending on age and ability)
  • Students trace the letters, write the words, and draw pictures.

AS time goes on, and students become used to the routine, these worksheets can become parts of the lesson, extra worksheets for students who finish work ahead of time, or even a dedicated camp lesson, if you so choose!

ON the last page is the star chart that allows students so see how far through the worksheets they’ve gone, colouring a star for each phonic sound they complete.

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THIS is only the first set of phonics worksheet, already available to download from the This Geeky Teacher Etsy store.

IF you download the Phonics : Basic Blends Worksheets, let me know here, or over on instagram (@thisgeekyteacher) and let me know how they go!



Phonics : Basic Blends Worksheets (Etsy Link)

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