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Three Interesting Transportation-Themed Activities for Preschoolers

Have you ever wondered why transportation is the most popular theme for preschoolers? Besides playing with their toy cars, trucks and aeroplanes, they also visually experience it by looking at different vehicles on the road and driving along with mumma and pappa while they shop. Since preschoolers possess a natural interest in transportation it is an important aspect of preschool learning. 

Well, our little ones may not be old enough to ride a bike or operate a car, but it’s never too early to pretend to be a pilot or a sailor too. If you are looking and planning for some transportation-themed activities for toddlers and preschoolers, we have got you covered.

Ready, Set, Go! 

Age:3+years 

Time: 20 minutes

Before your child gets to race with their mini-cars and toy trucks, they need to learn how they should be safe on the roads and follow the safety measures. This fun traffic light activity is the perfect craft for toddlers and preschoolers.  It is a simple transport art and craft activity for preschoolers.  

With this activity children, will learn to trace, cut and paste shapes. It will help them to practice their fine motor skills and help them to identify colours. 

The materials required for this simple transport craft will include; 

  • Black chart paper
  • Red, yellow and green coloured craft paper 
  • Scissors (under supervision)
  • Glue
  • A Jar Lid
  • A colour pencil or crayon of your choice 

Here’s how you should get started with the activity; 

  1. First, cut a large rectangular piece out of the black chart paper. 
  2. Using the jar lid, trace a circle on the red, yellow and green coloured craft paper. 
  3. Help your child to carefully cut out each of the circles from the coloured paper. 
  4. Glue down the circles to the black chart paper with red on top, yellow in the middle and green on the bottom. 

Now that you’ve completed these steps, it’s time to hang your up traffic light for display! 

Ziptty, Zappty, Zoom

Age:2+years 

Time:15 minutes

If you want to have some fun and get a little messy with paints, this activity would be the right fit. Out of the various transportation activities for preschoolers, this activity would be the only activity with minimal resources and the least preparation time. All you’ve got to do is collect all your toy vehicles and place them in a basket. Take a white sheet of paper and tape it to your table or workspace. Be sure to grab some paints of your choice along with some paper plates to pour them. 

  1. First, help your child to pour out their favourite paint onto a paper plate. 
  2. Now ask them to pick up a toy vehicle of their choice. You can either ask or help your little one to identify the toy vehicle.
  3. Now dip the toy cars in the paint and make tracks, patterns, or race with them on the white sheet of paper. To make it more fun, you can ask your little one to mimic the sounds of each of the vehicles while doing the same. 
  4. You can add additional colours on the paper plate and ask your children to drive through different vehicles with different colour paint each time. 

You can take turns with each vehicle by asking them to repeat the activity with different paint colours. In the end, they would be delighted to see how the paint has changed colours. 

Squeaky Clean Station

Age:2+years 

Time:20 minutes

This activity would probably be the most fun water-based preschool transportation activity. This wash station will serve as a simple way to develop sensory skills. You can also play it as an extension of the previous activity, but we promise that it can be much more fun and exciting for your children. The materials required for this activity will be as follows; 

  1. Shaving Cream
  2. The dirty toy vehicles (from the previous activity) 
  3. Scrubbers/Sponges or towels for drying
  4. Baby Shampoo
  5.  Two tubs of Water

Now that we have the materials let’s get started with the activity. 

  • Start by filling the first bucket with water and shampoo and the second with plain water. 
  • Now ask your child to add shaving foam as pre-wash. This will help children to develop their tactile strength and work on their fine motor skills. 
  • Then, guide your little one to rinse their car in soapy water followed by plain water for them to come out squeaky clean. 
  • With the help of a towel, you can dry the vehicle. 

Keep repeating this process until you get all your toys clean. Enjoy your mini wash station and make your toy vehicles sparkle! 

We hope you liked all these fun transportation activities for preschoolers. If you want to watch some fun songs and stories related to transportation for preschoolers watch our story ‘Modes of Transport’ on the Kutuki App. 

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Three Skills Children Learn From Festivals

One of the most joyous times of the year is when we celebrate festivals together as a family. India is one of the most vibrant countries in the world, with an infinite number of festivals, each with its own unique tradition and purpose. There are several festivals like harvest festivals, new years, folk festivals and much more. Celebrating festivals gives young children the opportunity to learn so many values and skills. Read on to find out more! 

Early childhood experts believe that it is crucial for young children to feel a sense of connection with their own culture and that of others. The early learning experts at Kutuki believe that when children interact with their parents, teachers, and community members it helps them to transform their social behaviour, increase their cultural understanding, leading to cognitive development.

There exists an umpteen number of opportunities for children to learn values from festivals. Here are the top three skills children learn from festivals they include;  

SOCIAL SKILLS 

There are always several ways to make new friends and create memories during a festival. Preschoolers learn most by making meaningful connections by interacting with the environment around them. It is during celebrations like these, children imbibe skills like being empathetic, taking responsibility, having compassion for each other. They also learn how to greet each other, welcome guests and make friends with people belonging to different age groups and learn how to appreciate each other. This leads to the development of some essential social skills to teach your child. 

CREATIVE and LIFE SKILLS 

Celebrating Indian festivals can give children a chance to explore their creative side, don’t you agree? From dressing up in traditional attires to decorating the house to cooking delicacies, there are so many opportunities to get creative while reflecting on the vibrant culture of our country. If you are looking out for activities and life skills to teach your kids while celebrating a festival, here are a few ideas; 

  • Bring them along when you pick festive clothes and allow them to choose their colours and mix and match their attire
  • Involve them while making sweets and savouries and encourage them to share them with their friends and family
  • Encourage your child to help you while cleaning and decorating the house. Paint diyas together or make a small rangoli with simple shapes.
  • Make simple, handmade gifts for friends and family
  • Encourage them to spend time with their grandparents, play games with them and learn important values from their treasure trove of stories
  • Share with them some unforgettable memories that you experienced as a child while celebrating the festival.

CULTURAL SKILLS 

India is a country where diverse cultures, traditions and customs thrive. Children are highly flexible and adaptable individuals. They learn, observe and engage in interactions with parents, friends and also with adults. Festivals are a great way to encourage and educate children about new cultures and languages. Every festival in India has a story behind why and how it is celebrated. When these stories and personal experiences are narrated to children they find a close connection to their culture. You can help your child build a deeper cultural connection by involving them while cooking delicious, traditional delicacies, listening to traditional music, creating and appreciating different art forms related to the festival. When children are exposed and raised with cultural values, they become more self-aware and open to accepting and experiencing new cultures as they grow older.

Watch our story ‘New Years of India’ on the Kutuki App today!

Festivals are the time to celebrate and have fun together as a family. Watch our story ‘New Years of India’ on the Kutuki App now (Kutuki for Android and Kutuki for IOS).

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Three Activities That Can Make Early Math Fun

There are certain foundational mathematical skills that preschoolers should develop before entering primary grade. The main objective of introducing early math is to help our little learners organize the world around them.

We may not realise this but there are many day to day experiences in which preschoolers encounter math. Sorting their toys, stacking books, matching their shoes, sharing food equally with friends or estimating how tall a stool they need to reach their favorite sweet dabba; are all everyday activities that use a mathematical skill to arrive at a solution.

Preschool children do develop math skills naturally, but there are also several guided activities that can open their mind to a variety of math based skills. In this blog, Kutuki’s team of early educators have curated activities aligned to specific math concepts that you can try with your children at home.

Before we jump into the activities, we’re listing down the important early math concepts that are developmentally appropriate for preschoolers to know before they enter primary grade :

Number Sense – Number Sense refers to the ability to count fluently. It includes concepts like counting, number identification, understanding bigness and smallness of numbers, adding and subtracting.

Patterning – Pattern Prediction is nothing but identifying and replicating repetitive objects like shapes, images, numbers or other similar objects. You can also watch our beautiful story ‘Match the Ice-Cream’ which explains the concept of patterns in a fun and thoughtful way. Download the Kutuki App now ! (Kutuki for Android or Kutuki for IOS

Spatial Sense– The concepts like shape identification, differentiation, size, volume and position come under this category. These are aimed at inculcating the concept of spatial awareness to preschool children. 

Measurement – As the title suggests, under measurement children learn to explore the length, height, weight of different objects without getting into the units of measurement. 

Sorting and Matching- Sorting, Classifying and Matching helps children to gather objects based on similarities or differences and categorize them into groups. It helps them to organise things around them. 

Now that we know  some of the most important concepts of early math, let’s  take a look at all the activities  that can help your child learn early math skills in the most natural and engaging way.

Pegs and Popsicles 

Here’s the perfect activity for you. All you need is just a few coloured paper cut into small circles, a handful of popsicle sticks and some pegs. Now, cut small circles out of the coloured papers. Once they are done, stick one circle on a popsicle stick, stick two circles on another stick and continue this process until you stick ten circles on a popsicle stick. The idea behind this activity is to ensure that your child  can learn to count with the help of the circles and place the peg while counting the number out loud. Let’s suppose that your child picks the popsicle stick with eight circles; they will automatically understand that they will have to place a peg for each circle. In the process they will count out the number aloud while placing peg on the popsicle stick. In this way they will be able to connect a number to its quantity.

Shapes with Bindis

What if we told you that you could learn shapes through something that is readily available in the dressing table of most Indian homes. With bindis, you can teach your child shapes in the most interesting way. Try to pick up bindis with different shapes, sizes and colours too.They can be triangular, rectangular, semicircle, square or circle. You can perform the sorting and matching activity with bindis. For children under four, use only one variable to sort the bindi i.e. you can teach your child to sort the bindis by colour.  For kids above the age of four, use two variables such as colour and shape and perform the activity, i.e. you can ask them to put all the round red bindis together and so on.

You can also check out our story “Priya’s Live for Bindis” on the Kutuki App, where little Priya learns to sort and match bindis of different shapes and colours with her mom. Download the Kutuki App (Kutuki for Android and Kutuki for IOS) now and start to watch our story today. 

Watch the story ‘Priya’s Love for Bindis on the Kutuki App now. 

Shapes out of straws

This activity  requires very little material and preparation time. All you have to do is take some A4 size sheets and draw shapes like square, rectangle, triangle, pentagon and so on.  Make sure you draw only one shape on each paper. Now take different coloured straws and cut them into different sizes. You can cut it into any size you like and keep them ready. Now provide the sheet with the shape drawn to your child and ask them to place the straw on the outline of the shape. At every stage, guide them to place the straws on the outline of the shape so that the shape is recreated out of straws. This activity will  help children in understanding and recognising shapes and build spatial sense. 

Sounds interesting right? Follow these activities and let us know your feedback. If you are looking for more math lessons and activities with expert guidance, enroll into  Kutuki’s Interactive Math Program for children from ages 3-7 years. New batches for Kutuki’s Live Phonics and Math Programs are open. Drop us a Whatsapp Message and speak with our Academic Counselor today.

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Animal Themed Learning Activities for Preschoolers

Preschool aged children have an innate fascination towards animals. We are certain that your child has a favourite picture book or toy, a rhyme or a birthday cake that is most likely centred around the animal theme. Many children grow up with pets and in most cases they form an inseparable bond with their furry friends.

Nurturing this connection can build empathy and respect towards animals and the environment around them from a very young age and these are crucial learning experiences for enhancing socio-emotional development.

If your little one is obsessed about animals, here are three fun activities to nurture this interest while keeping learning at the heart of it all – 

Kutuki has a range of animal themed stories and rhymes that are sure to pique your child’s curiosity. Download the Kutuki App now! (Kutuki for Android and Kutuki for IOS

  •  Animal Themed Letter Activity

One of the earliest things that a preschool aged child learns and observes is letters and numbers. Even letters are often associated with animals, just like this; 

C for Cat 

D for Dog 

E for Elephant

This is an extremely simple and fun activity that requires very little effort. You can use flashcards with the letter of the alphabet and the respective animal name

A for Ant; 

B for Bat;

C for Cat and so on. 

To make it more engaging, ask your child to mimic the sounds of the animals as they call out the letter and the respective animal name. 

Here’s another way you can learn animals through letters through the medium of art and craft. Choose a letter and turn it into an animal that begins with the same letter. You can try out this activity with every letter and make it fun and interesting. 

This flashcard is copyrighted by Kutuki. This and other resources will be exclusively available if you have enrolled for Kutuki’s Live Phonics Classes.
 
  • Animal Action Songs and Stories

Remember Old McDonald had a farm, Baa Baa Black Sheep and Three Little Pigs?  I am sure some of your earliest memories of being introduced to animals would be through these rhymes and stories. 

Songs and stories form a predominant part of early childhood. But we’re pretty sure you’re bored of the age old, animal themed nursery rhymes and stories and you’re looking for something that is new,  developmentally appropriate and connects with children of this generation.

Kutuki has a range of animal themed action songs like ‘Fly, March, Hop’ where children can mimic actions of insects, ‘Under the Ocean’ explores fascinating facts about sea creatures and the ‘Herbivores and Carnivores’ rhyme connects children to food habits of various animals. 

Stories and songs have the power to build deep empathy, respect and genuine fascination towards animals that they have met or yet to meet.  It gives them a glimpse into animal behaviours, habitats, food habits of creatures they may have never seen before. It is sure to pique their curiosity to explore their world further.

Here are some other popular songs stories around Animals on the Kutuki app that we are sure your little one would love to explore – 

The Octopus Story – “The Aquarium of Disappearing Octopuses.” 

A story where children learn about several fascinating facts about Octopuses. 

The Spider Story – “The Spindly Spider”.

How many eyes does a spider have? How does it trap it’s prey? What is the colour of a spider’s blood? Hint – It is not red! Discover all these fascinating facts about spiders in this story.
 

Our most beloved ‘Animal Action Song’.

The most fond and loved Kutuki Rhyme.

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  • Nature Themed Animal Activities 

When children are outdoors like at the park, terrace or even on your balcony, they will often notice animals or birds. While seeing these animals a few children may run to catch them, chase them or a few would even feel scared and run for safety. These are normal tendencies as young children are keen to explore their surroundings. It is important that these feelings are acknowledged and discussed.

Take your children on an animal safari and allow them to notice the shape of a bird’s beak or the length of an animal’s tail, the sound the animal makes and how they behave around one another. Sometimes when you visit a zoo, children might ask you why are animals in a cage?  

It is crucial that these questions are not brushed aside but discussed. This allows children to think about how we can live harmoniously with animals, respect their space and celebrate the uniqueness of all these diverse creatures. In this way, they learn to appreciate the environment they live in. 

Since young children are still developing instincts for personal safety and self awareness, it is important that a caregiver is always by their side when they are observing or interacting with animals. 

Do try out these activities at home and if you want to explore a fascinating range of animal themed stories and songs, download the Kutuki App Now! (Kutuki for Android and Kutuki for IOS

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Everything you need to know about pre-writing skills

Just like your child needs to learn to walk before they run, it is important for your child to master pre-writing skills before they get started on their writing journey. 

If you’re wondering how to get started on teaching your child some pre-writing skills, read on to find out! We’ve brought to you everything you need to know about pre-writing along with some fun tips and tricks. 

What are Pre-Writing Skills? 

Pre-writing skills are the fundamental fine motor skills that  children need to develop before they begin to write. Pre-writing skills help your child build finger strength, eye hand coordination, wrist movement and grip strength. These will in turn help children to gradually hold  and use a pencil or any writing tool to draw, write, colour and in general, express themselves. In simple words, pre-writing skills generally refer to the lines and stroke patterns kids need to master before they learn how to write. 

Why are pre-writing skills important? 

Pre-writing skills are essential for the child to be able to develop the ability to hold and move a pencil easily and write in a legible manner. Whenever you workout, if you immediately start your exercises without preparing your body with warm ups, you feel mentally and physically exhausted very fast. Your body just does not feel ready.

Similarly, pre-writing skills are like warm up activities to gradually prepare your child to write.  If you skip this step, your child’s fingers will feel unsteady, they will not be able to grip a writing tool for too long, their writing will not be clear and most of all, they will feel very frustrated. Writing will feel like a chore and not as a means to express themselves. 

The developmentally appropriate way of introducing writing to preschoolers is to start with pre-writing activities.

What are Pre-writing activities that I can start with?

Introduce young children to lines and stroke patterns according to a developmentally appropriate sequence that keeps in mind their fine motor skills. Here are line and stroke pattern milestones in the early years. 

1-2 years

Imitate a vertical line 

Scribble in a vertical or horizontal motion 

2-3 years

Imitate/Master a horizontal line 

Imitate/ Master a vertical line 

Imitate a circle shape 

3-4 years

Master horizontal and vertical lines. 

Imitate the shapes of circle and square and cross shapes (+) 

4-5 years 

Imitate cross shapes and triangle shapes. 

Trace a line 

Can grasp a pencil in a position that enables writing.

 5-6 years 

Master cross and triangle shapes.

Identify and differentiate between big and small lines and curves. 

It is absolutely ok if your child needs more time with a certain prewriting milestone. Every child is unique and they develop at their own pace. Please give your child enough time and encouragement to cross these milestones.  

Here are some fun activities to strengthen fine motor skills to prepare your child to write:

Get them to trace – Finger tracing is the easiest and most effective way to prepare them for writing.

Tweezers – With the help of tweezers ask your little one to pick up objects.  This develops finger strength to grip objects.

Create Art – Sounds easy right? Folding paper, finger painting, doodling with crayons and sticking activities are great to support finger strength. It helps in increasing several sensory skills for your little one. 

Cut with Child safety Scissors – Use child safety scissors and help your child to cut out the outlines of some shapes. You can also ask them to paste these shapes and create some fun crafts. 

Stick and Paste – Draw the outline of a letter and put some glue all over it. Ask your child to pick up lentils and stick them all around to form the letter.

What are the signs that my child is not developmentally ready to write? 

Here are some of the signs which tell you that your child is not writing ready, they include; 

  • They are unable to grasp a pencil or grasp it awkwardly. 
  • They face difficulties in controlling a pencil and using it for colouring, drawing or writing.
  • They apply too much or very little pressure on the pencil while writing on paper. 
  • They are unable to maintain hand-eye coordination. 
  • Their writing in unsteady and not legible
  • They feel very frustrated and upset when asked to write

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Is your child ready to write? 

Now that you know everything about pre-writing skills, it’s your turn to start implementing them.

If you have some other tips and tricks, leave your comments below! 

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CVC Words – The Ultimate Guide To Teach Your Child

Reading is an acquired skill and the first step to get your child started  on their reading journey is through CVC Words. We’ve brought to you some experts tips, tricks and techniques to teach your preschooler CVC words.  Read on to find out! 

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So, what are CVC words? 

CVC stands for  Consonant-Vowel – Consonant and  any word that follows this pattern is called a CVC word. They are the most commonly occurring three letter words.   For example – cat, map, cup, pin 

We often find CVC words in children’s story books, board books and other early reader’s resources. This is because CVC words are very easy to sound out and blend in the initial stages of reading in English. 

But it is crucial that you use well-defined strategies  and resources to teach CVC words as they are the building blocks for children to be able to read, speak and spell independently over time. 

Introduce CVC Words through Word Families

The best way to learn and introduce a range of CVC words is through word families.The range of word families is very vast and you might be wondering where to begin. Don’t worry! Here’s a small list that we’ve put together for you to start off with 

-an words: ban, fan, can 

-ap words: cap, lap, tap 

-in words: bin, fin, pig 

-it words: bit, fit, hit

STEPS TO TEACH CVC WORDS. 

Here are six simple steps you must follow to teach CVC words. Whether you are an educator or a parent homeschooling your child, these steps are sure to support you in getting your child to read simple CVC words meaningfully. 

STEP-1 

When you first teach CVC words through word families, follow a gentle pace and choose one word family at a time. Let’s take the ‘-an’ word family. Write down a CVC word from the ‘an’ family e.g.  ‘can’ or use a flashcard, just like the one shown below. Put a dot below every letter and ask your child to place their finger on the dot and sound out each letter slowly while moving from left to right. Once they are comfortable, they can quicken the pace and start blending the sounds together and say the word fluently.

This flashcard is copyrighted by Kutuki. This and other resources are exclusively available only  if you have enrolled into Kutuki’s Live Phonics. 

STEP-2 

Use the kinesthetic technique of arm blending or arm tapping for children to understand the movement between one letter sound to another in a CVC word and blend them fluently. This is a simple yet very effective technique that does not require any other resources other than your arm.

Say you want to teach the CVC word ‘cap’ from the ‘ap’ family using the arm blending technique. 

First, stretch your arm out, place your other palm on your shoulder  and sound out the /c/ sound, next slowly slide your palm to your elbow and say the /a/ sound and then slowly slide to the palm and end with the /p/ sound. 

Repeat this shoulder-elbow-palm sliding method a couple of times and then quicken the sliding movement while saying every letter sound out loud. This will help your child physically feel the movement of every letter sound from left to right while also blending the sounds smoothly. 

Here is our Phonics Expert Hiral Ma’am, demonstrating the arm blending technique for you. 

STEP-3

Once they are comfortable blending each sound in the CVC word, the next step is to put them in the context of simple sentences.This will help them understand the word in context while also discovering a pattern in the sounds of the CVC words. Again, it is best to introduce CVC words associated with one word family at a time in a sentence .

For example, take the ‘at’ family. Some of the common CVC words that belong to the ‘at’ family are cat , mat, sat. Now make a simple sentence with these words.

The cat sat on a mat

Because the words rhyme, it’s easy for the child to repeat the pattern in sound and internalise it.

STEP-4 

Create fun activities where your child gets the opportunity to identify which CVC word belongs to which word family. This is a great way to check your child’s understanding of CVC words.

Our experts at Kutuki have curated a fun game called ‘Word Family Bingo’ to support you with this.  Write 4-5 word families on a sheet of paper as shown below. Call out a CVC word e.g. map and ask your child to colour or put a stamp on the word family it belongs to. 

You can play this game as many times as possible with as many CVC words. 

We sincerely hope that these ideas have helped you get started with CVC Word activities for your child. If you are looking for expert guidance to teach your child Phonics, enroll into Kutuki’s Live Phonics Program today. 1000s of students have become active readers  and your child could too!

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3 Phonics strategies to supercharge your child’s reading journey

Letters are the first thing that preschool-aged children learn when they are being introduced to a language. Every letter has its own sound (phonics), and it is important to remember that even if a child can identify letters it doesn’t mean that they know its sound.

The way we teach children letters and their sounds can vary based on the language we speak, the early learning philosophies we follow or the resources available to introduce them. 

However, unlike regional languages spoken in India, English is not a phonetic language. For example, in Hindi, the letter अ sounds exactly how it is written. But in English, the letter ‘a’ for example has many sounds like /a/ as in apple or /a/ as in ate. This can get confusing for young children, especially when you are growing up in a linguistically diverse country like India. Therefore, when introducing the English language, it is crucial to spend a lot of time helping children connect with the letters and their sounds, phonics through a continuous multi sensory experience. This lays the foundation for how they will start forming words with reading, speaking and writing gradually following suit. 

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Whether you are a parent, teacher or an educator you must have multiple tools to teach your child letter sounds and letters. As adults when we want to find out things, we access multiple resources like books, the internet and much more. In the same way, even our little ones need various resources and through this, they learn the letter sounds along with the letter. You can make individual letter posters on the wall, or mini flash cards depicting each letter along with a small image that starts with the same letter or even use songs and stories.

Pro Tip : Teach your child at a slow pace, go letter by letter gradually and take at least a week to teach your child one individual letter and the corresponding sound. 

Read on to find out the three important strategies to teach your child letter sounds. 

  1. GET CREATIVE AND USE SONGS TO TEACH LETTER AND SOUNDS

It’s no secret that our tiny tots yearn to be creative. They always want to find ways to do things out of the box. The key here is to be creative and choose activities in such a way that they are engaged in a fun way to practice each letter sound without it getting boring. We all know children love to sing, clap and sway around with peppy tunes. Here comes the role of music and songs in teaching letter sounds and phonics. 

When children listen to songs they can hear the sound, mimic it and internalise the sounds with actions. It is important that the songs focus on only one letter sound at a time. They are lyrically simple and alliterative where the same letter sound is repeated in consecutive words. This allows for repetition which is crucial in helping preschool aged children practice and create a mental map of the sounds. The melody should be simple yet catchy. Using action words and  ‘onomatopoeias’ i.e. words that phonetically mimic a sound e.g. meow, oink, hiss makes learning letter sounds enjoyable and participative. 

Pro Tip: Here’s a fun alliterative song by Kutuki to learn the sound of the letter S. Sing this song twice a day for an entire week and we promise your little one will never forget the sound of letter S.

“The snake likes to slither in the sand 

It goes /s/ /s/ /s/ 

/s/ /s/ /s/

The slithering snake goes /s/ /s/ /s/ 

/s/ /s/ /s/

  1. CREATE ALLITERATIVE STORIES FOR TEACHING INDIVIDUAL LETTER SOUNDS

A child grasps the letter sounds  fast when they learn it in an alliterative form. An ‘Alliteration’ is simply the repetition of the same sound or letter at the beginning of most of the words in a sentence, or in consecutive words in the same sentence. Through alliteration, the child understands the sound of the letter and is well aware of how each sound is distinctive to each letter. You can either create phrases or sentences based on alliteration principles. For instance; 

Bob bought the box of bricks. 

Peter picked a pack of pickled peppers. 

She sells sea shells on a seashore. 

Pro Tip: Find a range of fun, alliterative stories on the Kutuki App  and get your little one to connect with every letter sound. 

Here’s a little excerpt from The Letter C story

“Clever cat clever cat  cuddly as cotton

Clever cat clever cat curls up in a cot 

Clever cat clever cat  eats cake and cookies

Clever Cat is too clever to get caught”

In the Kutuki App you have several examples for every letter which are more visually appealing, and keeps your child engaged in an informative and interactive way. 

  1. PROVIDE THEM WITH A HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

One of the best ways to engage your child to grasp the letter sounds is to incorporate it within motor skills activities. This gives your child the ability to connect with the sound as well as the form of each letter. 

Here are some ways you can incorporate motor skill activities while teaching your child letter sounds

  • You can ask your child to trace the letter on sand, rice or salt while they say the letter sound out aloud
  • Print out letters(each on one sheet preferably in big, bold font) and use play dough and ask them to form letters on the letter sheet while saying its sound at the same time.

Pro Tip: Kutuki always makes use of sensory activities to teach your child the letter sound and the letters. Your child will trace the letter step-wise and recite the letter sounds at the same time.

CONCLUSION

Now that you know the different strategies, it is important to remember that every child is different and develops at their own pace.  You can take time and experiment with each strategy and choose what fits best for your child. 

Download the Kutuki App either from Kutuki for Android or Kutuki for IOS today and free yourself from the fuss of teaching your child phonics. 

Join Kutuki’s Live Phonics Classes and learn with the best Language experts. Send us a Whatsapp message and speak to our Academic Counselor today.  

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Is your child still singing Wheels on the Bus?

For generations, we have been learning the same old children’s stories and songs, be it ‘Wheels on the Bus’ or ‘Chubby Cheeks’ with characters that have blond hair and blue eyes, with British or American accents, living in houses with picket fences and fireplaces, eating ham and jam. They are far away from the realities of Indian children; the language we speak, the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the festivals we celebrate. This has a big impact not only on learning but also the sense of identity and self-esteem of a young child who has just set out to discover the world around him/her.

Manu’s first visit to a market with his Papa
Manu’s first visit to the market

Manu’s first visit to a market with his Papa

Why does it matter, you ask?

We all know how curious young children are. But when they are learning something new, they first try to look for what they already know and automatically make connections to what they have experienced. This makes their mind comfortable and able to take on new information and ideas. Knowing this simple sequence in which the mind works — from the familiar to the unfamiliar — when children feel comfortable with what they know, they will feel confident to use this as a platform to explore and understand something new. The real world, culture, and contexts that children actually experience are the seed from which all learning stems.

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Setting the right cultural context

When children listen to stories and songs with characters that look like them, their parents and grandparents, eating the food that they eat, speaking the languages that they speak and celebrating festivals that they celebrate as a family, there is an almost automatic emotional connect. The feeling that somewhere out there is a person who might feel like me and look like me; makes them know that they are not alone and that they are understood and this quietly boosts their self-esteem and confidence. These stories and songs subtly tell them that their voice, too, is worth hearing; their experiences worth knowing. So, let’s take a break from ‘Chubby cheeks’ and ‘Cinderella’ and unabashedly explore counting with pooris; or learn shapes by finding bindis that match Ma’s dress; or sing songs with Dada and Dadi or Thatha and Paati because the culture is the fabric of all our learning experiences.

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Why is culturally relevant content important for early learners?

A lot of families have come back to us saying they enjoy the fact that Kutuki’s content is culturally grounded. Children are happy to see characters like them and to hear and see songs and stories involving parents, grandparents and the Indian family cosmos. Given this almost automatic connect that children and parents are feeling, We thought it would be interesting to look at the importance of culture in a kids learning app from both the cognitive and socio-emotional perspectives.

When we are learning something new, we seek out what we already know and automatically make connections to what we have experienced. This makes our minds comfortable and able to take on new information and ideas. Knowing this simple sequence in which the minds works — from the familiar to the unfamiliar — educators ensure their students are comfortable with what they know and use this as a platform to introduce something new. The real world, culture and contexts that children actually experience are the seed from which all learning stems.

And then there is the importance of connecting socially and emotionally to stories. There is something magical about knowing that somewhere out there is a person who might feel like me and look like me; it makes us know we are not alone and that we are understood and this quietly boosts our self-esteem and confidence. Children are definitely in on this magic, and these stories subtly tell them that their voice, too, is worth hearing; their experiences worth knowing.

So, whether it is learning to count by deciding how many pooris we want to eat; or learning shapes by finding bindis that match mama’s dress; or singing songs with dada and dadi or thatha and paati — culture is the fabric of all our learning experiences.

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Why the fuss about Phonics?

Children as young as six months may say their first word. By one and a half to two they start talking more, and by three, their vocabulary suddenly sky-rockets. Amazing? Spectacular? Marvellous? — none of these words begin to touch upon how full of wonder and discovery that journey is; and how thrilling it is to watch. But often this excitement with language, expression and communication suddenly falls flat when those same children go to school. Why?

Understand how phonics can accelerate your child’s reading

When you are a baby, every sound you make is met with excitement. And then you join school, and most of the time you are just reproducing letters that no one is excited about. Where did all the love for your language learning go? When did that thrilling ride crash into such a bore?

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‘Phonics for Indian children with Kutuki’

Phonics is about learning letters and their sounds.

Every word we say is made up of sounds and each of these sounds can be drawn on the page as a letter. Some sounds we make are gentle and soothing, like the /m/ in mama and amma and the /b/ in baba and abba, or /p/ in papa and appa. These are often among the first sounds babies make. Other sounds we make come from the back of our tongues, near our throats, like the ‘hahaha’ that comes out when we laugh. And then there are sounds that we make by rolling our tongues so they touch the roof of our mouth, like /r/. The hardest sounds for little kids to make, /r/ is in scary words, frightened, afraid; r is in angry words and exclamations grrrrrrrrr! /r/ makes us loud and scary!

The way we use our mouths to make sounds is so much fun for us to learn. Our mouths are like a theatre — we can make our emotions boom and thunder or come out gently and as soft as ever. So let your preschool kids sound out soft and sound out free, all the sounds they can conceive.

When we learn the English alphabet, it is important that we connect

1) Letters and how they are written [the letter R r, for example] to

2) their sounds [/r/] to

3) Interesting , meaningful words that have this sound [rabbit] to

4) Fun, rich contexts that give these letters and words an exciting meaning for children

These are the 4 pillars of any strong phonics program. Does your school’s phonics program cover this?

Take a look at Kutuki’s phonics program, tailor made for Indian preschooler kids on the links provided below and do share your feedback.