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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. 

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  • 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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Four Unique Activities to Teach Your Child Sight Words

We often tend to forget that early learning can be so much fun and engaging when one moves away from the monotonous methods. The land of early learning is flexible; it allows you to teach one individual concept in a million ways.  In this blog, we are going to share multiple strategies for you to introduce Sight words to your child.

Let us first understand what Sight Words are and why it is important to learn them. Sight words are commonly occurring words that young children are encouraged to memorize as a whole, by sight, without sounding out each letter individually. 

For example, the sight word ‘the’ is not sounded out as /t/ /h/ /e/individually  but as  /the/ as a whole

They are also called tricky words or high frequency words. Kutuki’s experts have created a list of important sight words that preschoolers can be introduced to. These sight words are taught in Kutuki’s Phonics Program :

Sight words can be automatically recognized in print without having to use any strategies to decode. Recognizing sight words help preschoolers become faster and more fluent readers since they are found in story books, early reader’s texts, rhymes and much more.

To support preschool educators and parents, we are sharing creative and developmentally appropriate strategies for you to teach your child sight words

Before we start, here are some important points you must keep in mind before you introduce sight words to a child.

  1. You must start teaching sight words only after your child can recognize and name all the lower-case letters of the alphabet. 
  2. You can ideally start teaching sight words from the age of four. 
  3. Always remember to teach one sight word at a time. 
  4. Do not break a sight word into individual letter sounds but instead sound it out as a whole. For example, the sight word ‘the’ is not sounded out as /t/ /h/ /e/individually  but as  /the/ as a whole

These activities have been recommended by our Phonics experts at Kutuki based on methods and that have been tried and tested. These can be easily implemented at home with minimal resources.

Sensory Tubs

Sensory tubs are a great way to introduce sight words kinesthetically. This will help children touch, feel and connect with the form of these words and build recall quickly.For this activity, you need a tub or a box of any size. You can then fill it with dried oats, puffed rice, rava (semolina) or salt. Once you have added your base, you can call out a sight word and ask your child to trace the sight word with their fingers or you can add letters in the tub and ask them to find the letters and sound out the sight word as a whole. You can repeat this activity with several words of your choice. It’s simple and fun. 

Skills you’ll learn: Promotes Motor Skills, Language Development and Cognitive Growth. 

Word Cubes

This is a little DIY activity that you can do with your child. You must first make a medium-sized cube. You can either take any old cardboard box and wrap it with colourful paper all around with the help of a tape. Once your cube is ready, write down the sight words of your choice on all sides of the cube, just like the one below. 

Here’s how you must use the word cube. Your child can roll the cube like a dice and sound out the sight word that comes up as a whole. This sight word  activity will be incredibly fun in a classroom setting, but we also have a fun worksheet to implement this in a virtual preschool setting as well. Here is a sample.

Skills you’ll learn: Reading fluency, spelling skills and social interaction.

Squishy Bags

One of the most exciting ways to learn sight words would probably be through Squishy Bags.Take a ziploc bag and fill it with rice, coloured salt, shaving cream or coloured thermocol balls. Go ahead and get as creative as possible here! You can then pick a few sight words of your choice and play the game in two ways; 

  • Add cutouts of letters in the squishy bag and jumble them up. Call out a sight word. Ask the child to find the letters that form the sight word and bring them together  with their fingers and call it out as a whole.
  • You could also read out a sight word and ask your child to trace it out.

Squishy bags are quite flexible and you can use them multiple times.

Skills you’ll learn: Finger strength, hand-eye coordination, pre-writing skills.

Sight Word Sentence Starter!

This is a great activity to apply sight words in everyday conversation. Once your child has learnt a few sight words, demonstrate how you can use it in a sentence and then ask your child to make up their own sentence too. 

E.g. Parents / Educators can say, “This is how I use you in a sentence – You are my sister!”  

       Can you try using ‘you’ and make your own sentence?

Using sight words in the context of a sentence is sure to help your child apply it meaningfully  in everyday conversation with friends and family.

Still, wondering how to get started on your child’s learning journey? 

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The Top Three Questions on Blends and Digraphs

I’m sure you’ll agree that teaching English is not as straightforward as we think. Reading is an acquired skill and it takes systematic strategies, multisensory resources and regular practice to develop fluency. Phonics is a powerful tool to teach Reading systemically and within Phonics instruction, one cannot exclude Blends and Digraphs as an important component for building phonetic vocabulary. 

Our experts at Kutuki recommend that before you teach blends and digraphs, ensure that your child can clearly distinguish between sounds of different vowels and consonants. Read on to find out!

Q1)What is the difference between a Blend and a Digraph? 

One of the most frequently occurring questions is the difference between a Blend and a Digraph. It is highly important for you to know the difference between these two terms. A blend is when two consonants come together and each of them retains its individual sound. In simple words, when put together, letters in a blend maintain their sounds. Let’s take the example of the word ‘stick. In this word,/st/ is a blend and that is because the sound of /s/ and /t/ can be heard distinctly as separate phonemes. In other words, the two letters are heard as two separate sounds. 

One the other hand, a digraph is when two letters come together to make a completely new sound. This can be explained with the help of an example. Let’s take the word ‘show’. When you teach and sound out the word, you do not say /s/ /h/ individually but as a whole i.e. /sh/ as in show. 

Hence, there stands one clear distinction between blends and digraphs. A blend when combined retains its original sounds, but a digraph produces a new sound. 

Q2) What are the most common blends and digraphs and where do I start? 

To start off , one must remember that there are no predefined rules or an order to teach both blends and digraphs. Our experts at Kutuki recommended that before you teach blends and digraphs, ensure that your child can clearly distinguish between sounds of different vowels and consonants. It is crucial that they also understand how to blend individual sounds to form CVC words. After that you can explore blends and digraphs as mentioned below :

BLENDS

When you teach blends, always start with the most commonly occurring blends i.e. ‘S,’ ‘L’ and ‘R’ blends. You will often hear the term ‘consonant blend’. It is when two or more consonants are blended, but each consonant’s sound is heard in the blend. 

The most common consonant blends include; 

S-blends 

st: star, stop 

sl: sleep, slip 

sp: spider, spot 

sm: small, smart 

sp: space, spoon 

L-blends 

fl: flag, flip

bl: black, blue 

cl: clap, clue 

gl: globe, glue 

pl: play, plate 

R-blends 

fr : frog, fruit

gr : grass, green

cr : crown, crab

tr : tree, trip 

dr: drum, dress

Blends usually appear at the beginning of a word like blow, glass, please. For children, blends are difficult to pronounce in isolation. Hence, it is best to slide to a vowel sound right away to make it easy for them. Remember to go as slow as possible and give your child enough time to practice each blend. 

DIGRAPHS 

We now know that a digraph is two letters that come together to make a new sound.

The sound that is created by a digraph is called a diphthong. 

Usually, digraphs must be taught once your child can distinguish the sounds of consonants and vowels. You can start teaching your child with the most commonly occurring digraphs ‘ch’ ‘sh’ ‘th’ and ‘wh’ consonant digraphs. Let us look at the examples for each of these digraphs

-sh – ship, sheep 

-ch – chair, chain 

-th – think, thumb 

-wh – when, where 

To help your child learn these consonant digraphs in a fun way, watch the story  Mr. h and his four Best Friends’ on Kutuki for Android or Kutuki for IOS today.

Q3) How should I teach blends and digraphs? 

Every child is unique and preschoolers, especially, develop at their own pace. It is important to give them their space to explore and experiment while also supporting them with guided instruction especially for an acquired skill like reading. 

Explicit phonics instructions in many ways provide clear direction to a child for what a blend and digraph sound like. It is important to use multisensory aids such as alliterative rhymes and stories, observing lip movements to sound out the blend or digraph, pictorial representations, flashcards, cue cards and a range of games that will allow children to apply their learning.

We hope this blog has given you the answers and effective tips to teach your child blends and digraphs and get them started on their reading journey.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Baby Talk

Tell us, do you know how a child’s mind functions? Their non stop questions and ideas are nothing short of wild, imaginative and sometimes downright strange.

Unlike adults, a child’s mind does not function according to a chronological checklist put inside constrained boxes. It is free from the fear of rigid rules.

Children, very innocently , ask questions ranging from “Why does our hair grow?” to “What did it feel like on your last day of being a child?” These questions could appear silly but they are ,in fact, layered with depth and emotions.

From Kutuki’s story ‘I have a question for you’

 

At Kutuki, we try to stay conscious of their intelligence and never indulge in baby talk with them. As storytellers and songwriters, the tone and treatment of our writing may be simple and easy but the complexity of the topic is something that even their adult parents can relate to. A thought is a thought and it can be expressed in very complicated words and plot twists or in a very simple way in a children’s story — but it’s important that the essence of the thought is never lost or ‘dumbed down’.

We do not look at children as infants and mollycoddle them. In fact, drawing from personal experiences, as a child you tend to be more open to family members who are not over protective and who speak to us as equals. This removes the pressure or fear to impress them. We trust to speak our mind and that gets carried forward to adulthood.

Image from Kutuki’s story ‘Zuberi and El’

 

Trust is hard to build between two people that don’t hold equal power. We like to write stories that allow children to understand different relationships with different characters from varied backgrounds. And build stories and plots that allow them to make their own interpretations of those relationships and emotions. You will be surprised at what children come up with on their own. We like to avoid forcing a conclusion down their throat with a ‘Moral of the story’ at the end.

A child becomes what she/he reads, thinks, eats, wears, dreams, speaks, whispers and most importantly feels. When he/she is allowed to express it in their own way, they know their voice is heard and that they are valued without us oversimplifying things for them.