/a/ is for astronaut
When your child starts school the second phoneme sound they will learn is the letter /a/ (after /s/).
Most phonics programmes do not teach the letter sounds in the alphabet order /a/ /b/ /c/ /d/ /e/ /f/…
Instead they start with:
/s/ /a/ /t/ /p/ /i/ /n/
/c/ /k/ /e/ /h/ /r/ /m/ /d/
/g/ /o/ /u/ /l/ /f/ /b/....
The reason for this is after a child has learnt some initial single sounds such as /s/ /a/ /t/ /p/ /i/ /n/…they can blend the letter sounds together to make CVC words such as:
s-a-t p-i-n t-i-n p-a-n n-a-p t-a-p s-i-t s-i-p….
After learning some initial sounds (/s/ /a/ /t/ /p/ /i/ /n/) - CVC words are considered the simplest words and the starting point of many learning to read phonics programmes.
Being an astronaut is always a popular one with pre-school children (making an apple is always an easy full-back!)
So, to help you with your learning at home Sophie has made some printable learning resources to help your child learn the /a/ sound. If you would like these printables please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the background...
Here are the rocket parts to stick onto the background...
If you are learning initial sounds check out our award winning apps:
abc flashcard songs uses songs and beautiful pictures to introduce children to phonics. In this example children have to find all the pictures that begin with the 'd' sound - such as: dinosaur, donkey, duck, dog, drum and digger.
abc letter tracing teaches children the correct letter formation of both print and cursive letters.
abc jigsaw helps children become familiar with letter shapes and letter sounds through assembling letter character jigsaws.