A small but pertinent post about the importance of children’s imaginative and aural engagement with the sounds they are learning.
J: Ssh … ssh … [he holds his finger to his lips]
N: Why do we have to be quiet?
Sue: Because we don’t want to wake the monster that lives under the ground. That’s our game. We’re playing together.
N: Can I join in? I love playing games.
J and Sue: Sure!
E:[coming over from the other side of the playground] Look! There are some sheep in the field over there! Can we go and play with them?
J & N:[fingers to lips] Ssh, you’ll wake the monster!
Sue: And you might scare the sheep away too.
[The early years setting is very rural. There are animals everywhere.]
A: [joining them] Shall we go and see them? The sheep?
Sue: That’s a great idea. Hey everyone, can you hear that ‘sh’ sound we keep making? Remember? That’s our sound this week. Shall we see how many times we…
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