This week I have published a new resource to Teachers Pay Teachers which I made many years ago, when I started in EYFS. At the time, I was fairly new to the world of phonics, but I inherited a whole bunch of great resources made by the previous EYFS teacher linked to the Jolly Phonics scheme.
At the same time, our literacy co-ordinator was looking into buying some resources from the Read Write Inc. Ruth Miskin phonics scheme to use for an intervention group. I loved the way her cards had a letter formation aspect as well as the picture, for example ‘g’ was formed around the face and down the plait of a girl and ‘n’ was ‘down Nobby and over his net’.
I then spent a few fruitless weeks searching for some letter formation resources based on Jolly Phonics, but drew a complete blank. So I decided to make something myself. Now, I am not the most talented of artists, but a few simple line drawings can be imported into a fairly basic graphics programme and made to look pretty snazzy.
Below are a few examples of what I came up with:
Some of the ‘patter’ sentences are a bit forced because it is hard to work out, for example, in what way a van looks like a ‘v’ or a bee like a ‘z’; but I did my best!
Once I had the basic flashcards, I made a set of handwriting strips to go with them which I laminated and used for the children to practise on with whiteboard pens. This worked well and I sent home paper versions as homework.
Below is a link to a freebie page with each of the letters and their matching patter. If you like them, please check out the colour cards and handwriting strips in my TpT store.
Let me know what you think.
Thanks for reading,